Report: Real Madrid Have Joao Felix Transfer Bid Rejected by Benfica

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2019

Benfica's midfielder Joao Felix  arrives to celebrate as Benfica won the Portuguese League Championship at the end of the Portuguese League football match between Benfica and Santa Clara at the Luz stadium in Porto on May 18, 2019. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Benfica have reportedly turned down an offer worth up to €120 million (£106 million) from Real Madrid for 19-year-old Joao Felix.

According to Manu Sainz of AS, Real tabled a bid of €80 million (£71 million), plus €40 million (£35 million) in add-ons, but Benfica want the full €120 million (£106 million) up front. 

Sainz added the Portuguese champions have already received four similar offers for Felix from elsewhere, with Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid also having been linked to the teenager.

Atleti would not regularly be able to compete for players with that kind of price tag, but they look set to receive €120 million for Antoine Griezmann, who has announced he will depart the club this summer.

Felix enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2018-19, playing a key role as Benfica reclaimed the Portuguese title following Porto's triumph in 2017-18.

He netted 15 goals and provided seven assists in 26 league appearances, particularly flourishing after moving from the flanks into a striker's role:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Since moving to Second Striker, only Kylian Mbappe (15) has been directly involved in more goals than Joao Felix (12) for players under the age of 21. https://t.co/lFCjcQUXWo

The Portugal under-21 international also made a splash on the European stage, scoring a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals:

OptaJoao @OptaJoao

19y 152d - Against Eintracht Frankfurt, @SLBenfica's João Félix became the youngest Portuguese player to score a hat-trick in a major European match (19 years 152 days), breaking the record held by Eusébio (vs IFK Norrköping) since November 1962 (20y 301d). Exciting. https://t.co/bE3IDkX2eU

The quality of clubs interested in Felix is an indicator of his huge potential, as is the fact that Benfica feel confident enough to turn down an offer from Real.