Atletico emerge as favourites for United and City target – report

Date published: Monday 17th June 2019 4:57

Atletico Madrid are ready to smash their transfer record in order to beat the competition to Benfica star Joao Felix, a report claims.

Manchester United and Manchester City have been tracking the highly-rated 19-year-old, who looks set to move on this summer, while Liverpool have also been credited with interest.

In fact, recent reports have suggested that Premier League champions City are ready to pay the release clause in order to beat their rivals to the playmaker.

Now, a report from Marca claims that Atletico would have to beat their transfer record to sign Felix, which currently stands at the €72m which they paid to sign 70 percent of the rights of Thomas Lemar from Monaco last summer.

However, with £106m set to be pocketed from Antoine Griezmann’s departure, it is possible that the Rojiblancos reinvest their windfall by triggering Felix’s clause for the same amount.

Last week, Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira admitted the only hope they had of keeping Felix was if he was to be loaned back.

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