Atletico offers EUR 126 million for Benfica star Joao Felix

Joao Felix appears to be closing in on a move to Atletico Madrid, after Benfica confirmed it has received an offer worth EUR 126 million.

Joao Felix scored 15 goals for Benfica in the Primeira Lia in the 2018-19 season.   -  Getty Images

Benfica has confirmed Atletico Madrid has submitted an offer worth EUR 126 million for highly rated attacking midfielder Joao Felix.

The 19-year-old talent enjoyed a stunning breakout season in Portugal's Primeira Liga in 2018-19, scoring 15 goals and setting up another seven in 26 matches. Joao Felix's form for Benfica resulted in his first call-up to Portugal's senior side and he represented it as it clinched Nations League success earlier this month.

Atletico emerged as the favourite to sign him ahead of Manchester United and Manchester City after Antoine Griezmann announced his intention to leave the Wanda Metropolitano, paving the way for Joao Felix to replace the Frenchman.

Although links between Griezmann and Barcelona have gone quiet, Atletico remains intent on signing Joao Felix, as Benfica confirmed the Spanish club's offer on Wednesday.

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Its bid is greater than the player's EUR 120m release clause, but would be paid in instalments.

A Benfica statement released to the Portuguese Securities Market Commission read: "Benfica informs, under the terms and for the purpose of article 248-A of the Portuguese Securities Code, that Atletico Madrid submitted a proposal for the acquisition of the sports rights of the player Joao Felix for a total amount of EUR 126m, which is being analysed.

"It is further informed that the proposed value above the termination clause contemplates the financial cost indexed to the payment of benefits provided for in this proposal.

"In case Benfica accepts the proposal presented, the net to receive from Atletico Madrid on the date of the transfer of the sports rights will amount to EUR 120m."