£100M sensation Felix told to sign for Manchester United and not Man City
Joao Felix should join Manchester United ahead of Manchester City if he wants regular first-team football, claims Darren Bent.
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.
United have sent scouts to watch the talented midfielder on a number of occasions this season, with speculation the Red Devils were ready to splash close to £70 million in the next window to be the club that secures his signature, as they look to add some fresh talent to the United squad.
“It depends on what he wants to do,” he said on the Daily Express website.
“If he wants to go and play football sooner rather than later, go to Manchester United.
“If they’re going to start rebuilding, they just signed Dan James, if they go and sign Felix as well he’s going to play. They’re going to sign him to play.
“If you go to Manchester City now they’re pretty much set. All of their players are quite young as well.
“The only thing you might think is if Sane goes to Bayern Munich, that frees up a little slot there and maybe he can slot in there.
“But for me right now it’s where he sees himself. If he wants to hit the ground running right now in this kind of development stage, maybe Manchester United might suit him as we stand right now.”
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.
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.