AC Milan and Juventus are both reportedly keeping tabs on Benfica starlet Joao Felix as he continues to impress for the Portuguese giants.
The 19-year-old has bagged six goals and three assists in 12 Liga NOS appearances so far this season, proving to be more than capable of delivering at senior level.
With that form in mind, it hasn’t taken long for interest to build from around Europe, with a string of clubs said to be interested in the Portuguese talent.
According to Calciomercato, Juventus have spoken with his agent Jorge Mendes, while Milan hope their previous relationship with current Benfica sporting director Rui Costa could give them an advantage. However, it’s also added that he has a €120m release clause in his current contract, and so any swoop will surely involve a huge transfer fee.
It remains to be seen if either are willing to splash out, or are even in a financial position to do so, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid all specifically mentioned as interested parties too.
Nevertheless, whether it’s Juve’s push to add more youth to the squad to help sustain their success or Milan trying to add to what is already a young squad and building for the future, Felix would certainly fit the mould for either Italian giant.
Time will tell if either are able to prise him away from Benfica, but based on his form so far this season, he may well have a decision to make on whether he wants to continue his development in his homeland or take the risk of a major move for his career at such an early stage. Provided that an agreement is even reached with Benfica over a deal.