Surprise Prem club in pole position to beat Chelsea & Man Utd to transfer of star with £105m release clause

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Wolves are reportedly set to jump to the front of the queue for the transfer of Benfica star Joao Felix ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Daily Mirror state that Wolves’ relationship with Jorge Mendes gives them a big edge in the battle for this highly-rated wonderkid who has taken Portugal by storm.

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A previous Daily Mirror report has stated Felix has a release clause as high as £105million, and given the growing interest in this talented 19-year-old, it might well be that it takes something close to that price tag to trigger a deal.

Record have previously linked Felix with Manchester United, while the print edition of O Jogo, translated by Sport Witness, claimed Chelsea were also interested.

The Mirror’s latest report suggests Wolves would be up against Europe’s elite for the Portuguese starlet, but they’ll hope they can continue to attract big names to the club.

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Joao Felix is catching the eye at Benfica

Despite only winning promotion to the Premier League last season, Wolves have done well in the transfer market to put together a squad that looks very much at home in the top flight.

Nuno Santo’s side are currently 7th in the table thanks to the performances of big names like Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez.

It’s an exciting project and one Felix could feel is a good next move for him, even if he could also in theory land key roles at Chelsea – where Eden Hazard is nearing the end of his contract, and Man Utd – where Alexis Sanchez is in urgent need of replacing after some poor form.

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