Benfica are preparing a new deal for their star playmaker Joao Felix amid interest from a number of Europe’s elite clubs, a report claims.
Felix has been heavily linked with a move to a bigger club having scored 18 goals and provided 11 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions this season.
The attacking midfielder has also been impressing in the Europa League, scoring a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final where a number of scouts were present.
We revealed last month that no fewer than seven Premier League sides had been on scouting missions to witness Felix for themselves, but it is Liverpool and Manchester United who are most heavily linked.
Now, a report from A Bola claims that Benfica are absolutely desperate to hang on to their prized asset and will offer him fresh terms in the hope of keeping him for a bit longer.
Benfica president Luis Filipe Viera recently insisted that Felix is going nowhere.
“In relation to our youngsters, mainly those that are today part of our main squad, Benfica will do everything so that no one leaves,” Viera told the Benfica website.
“I can practically say and guarantee to Benfica fans that no one will leave. I’m one of the biggest mentors of this project and I will do everything within my power to ensure that no one leaves this year or next if possible.”
Felix has a €120m release clause in his contract, but Benfica want to raise it to €200m to further decrease the chances of him leaving.
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