Manchester United dealt blow over £100m transfer target

Date published: Monday 18th March 2019 10:46

Joao Felix has distanced himself from rumours of a £100m move to Manchester United or £61m switch to Liverpool.

Felix has emerged as one of Europe’s leading young talents after making his first-team breakthrough at Benfica this season.

The 19-year-old made his debut in August and has scored ten goals in just 13 league starts.

Such form has attracted interest of clubs across the continent, with Benfica manager Bruno Lage saying the forward was “calm” despite the increasing speculation.

Felix himself has now spoken out to say he is focused only on Benfica’s battle for three trophies this season, with the club in the Europa League quarter-finals and Taca de Portugal semi-finals.

They are top of the Primeira Liga on goal difference, level on points with Porto, with Felix only going as far as to say he would prefer to move to Spain over England. Shocker.

“I am not thinking about my future,” he told Marca. “I only have thoughts for Benfica and helping my club to the league title.

“I cannot think of what everyone is saying around us.

“My dream has always been to play for the biggest clubs in Europe.

“Spain or England? I would prefer to play in Spain.”

Felix has been compared to compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo, but is eager to downplay any similarities with his future international teammate.

“Ronaldo has a phenomenal work rate,” he said. “I am not close to him on a personal level, but I am very excited about the potential of playing with him [for Portugal].

“Everyone knows his story, how he has had to battle all the way.

“Now you can see this season the impact he is having at Juventus, and Real Madrid are suffering without him. They have not found his replacement.”

 

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