Teenage sensation Joao Felix has been making headlines off-late after his brilliant season with current Portuguese Primeira Liga leaders Benfica.
The 19-year old attacking midfielder became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in Europa League history in Benfica’s quarter-final first leg tie against Eintrich Frankfurt last week. He followed that up with another goal at the weekend in Benfica’s 4-2 win against Setúbal in their pursuit of a fifth league title in six years.
The Portuguese wonderkid has been prolific for the Eagles this season scoring 11 goals and providing 6 assists in the top-flight. His performances in the Europa League have also shown his world-class potential at one of Europe’s grand stages.
Several clubs have been linked with the highly-rated Portuguese following his recent exploits, including Premier League giants Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Italian champions Juventus and current Champions League holders Real Madrid have also shown strong interest in Joao Felix, who will reportedly cost a staggering €120 million. Pep Guardiola’s side, however, has shown considerable interest in landing the midfielder to the Etihad, but are reluctant to pay the heavy sum.
Jorge Mendes, known to be the agent of superstar players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Bernardo Silva, has already been appointed by the 19-year old who looks to make it big in one of Europe’s top clubs.
According to Goal.com, Manchester City sporting director Txixi Begiristain, who was in attendance when Joao Felix scored a treble in Benfica’s first leg win over German outfit Eintrich Frankfurt, has held a meeting with the agent in order to open talks about a potential transfer to Manchester.
Felix has been hailed by many as one of the most exciting prospects in the market right now, but only time will tell if the Portuguese wonderkid can live up to the hype.