‘Big move dream’! Eight-goal sensation Felix opens up on possible £100m summer move to Chelsea
Joao Felix has told Manchester United and Chelsea that he is very happy at Benfica, amid speculation they are both lining up moves.
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.
Both Chelsea and United have sent scouts to watch the talented midfielder on a number of occasions this season, with speculation both giants were ready to splash close to £100 million in the next window to be the club that secures his signature.
Asked how he has reacted to links with Real Madrid, Barcelona, United, Juventus and Chelsea, Felix told Marca: ‘My dream has always been to play for the big teams and in the big competitions.
‘But I’m here and I’m very happy with Benfica, which, like those teams, is also a big one in Europe.’
Here is what we think on the talented Felix.
The lad may be showing the world just how talented he is and what he could produce at the highest level, but leaving for a big club so early in his career may not mean that he develops into the world class star that many expect.
A move to the Premier League is the logical step, both physically and financially, but he is getting the game time at Benfica that he needs to develop and staying put for a couple more seasons would do him the world of good.
Chelsea and United will have the money in a few more seasons to complete a deal, so they will keep a very close eye and then make the move, as right now he is not ready to justify the £100 million price tag that Benfica have placed on his head.