Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Benfica star Joao Felix, after the Portuguese giants admitted they cannot stop him leaving if a big offer arrives.
The 19-year-old is considered one of the most exciting prospects in European football after bursting onto the scene this season, notching up eight goals and six assists in 15 league appearances, and his performances have linked him with a mega money move to the Premier league.
We have sent scouts to watch the talented midfielder on a number of occasions this season, with speculation Maurizio Sarri is ready to splash close to £100 million in the next window to be the club that secures his signature, especially as we are facing a huge transfer ban.
And we have now been given a huge boost, as Felix has a £102m (€120m) release clause and Benfica admit they won’t be able to keep hold of the forward for ever.
“We will try to keep him as long as possible and that is the case for Felix as for any other player,” Benfica’s sporting director Manuel Rui Costa told Italian outlet Tuttosport.
“This is the club’s policy. Then we’ll see. We are aware the clauses exist for a reason and that certain players cannot be held back in Portugal indefinitely.”
Could we sign the talent?
The lad certainly has a bright future in the game and could develop into one of the biggest players to come out of Portugal since Cristiano Ronaldo, but we already have enough talents at the club that are not getting game time, why bring in another one?
Sarri has some brilliant players at the club that just need more time on the pitch, so rather than spend big amounts of money, he should give Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek a chance to shine.