Benfica sporting director Rui Costa has heaped praise on the club's "extraordinary" star Joao Felix and has admitted they will struggle to keep hold of him this summer.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with Benfica and is considered one of European football's most exciting prospects.
"Someone called him my heir. Or the new Kaka. The truth is that Felix is only Felix.
"He has an extraordinary sense of play and he has a rare ability, he can guess what will happen in front of the goal. He is a modern No. 10, a second striker with a remarkable sense of goal, he scored 10 goals in the league.
"€120 million release clause? We will try to keep him as long as possible, this applies to Felix as it does to all the others. This is the club's policy, then we will see why we are aware that the clauses exist and that certain players cannot be held back indefinitely in Portugal."
It's no shock the biggest clubs in Europe are said to be considering a move for Felix, as he has the potential to go to the top of the game. As relayed by Portuguese football journalist Tom Kundert, there's justifiable hype in his homeland about his future:
Marcus Alves thinks the 19-year-old will be at the summit of European football for a while:
This season, Felix has been entrusted with more responsibility in the Benfica side, starting 13 matches in the Portuguese top flight.
He's relished being a more significant part of the team. Whether operating as a left winger, a centre-forward or a second striker, his intelligence in possession and dribbling skill has been too hot for many defences to deal with.
In addition, he has a composure in front of goal that's rare for youngsters. Scouted Football put the accomplishments of the Benfica sensation this season into some context:
It's testament to Felix that he appears to be taking his rapid and the speculation regarding his future in his stride.
Benfica have earned a reputation for selling on their best assets for big money in recent years and Costa seems to feel his departure will come. However, at this stage of his career, Felix's development would likely be enhanced by another season with the Lisbon giants, at least.