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Manchester United reportedly ready to break club transfer record for Joao Felix

Manchester United have been linked to 19-year-old Portuguese sensation João Félix and now the links keep coming with the world expecting the Old Trafford club to start to right the wrongs of the past six years of failure which has seen the club spend more than £700 million on players, many of them have not worked out.

Earlier on Monday, reports in Portugal from Correio da Manhã, reported by Sport Witness, suggest that Jorge Mendes is now involved in the teenager’s prospective transfer this summer. It has been stated in the report that Félix’s agent and his family now view this as the time for him to leave Benfica, accepting one of the offers the player has.

There has been a long list of clubs interested in the 19-year-old with United, Manchester City, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Félix has scored 19 goals, assisting a further eight in 38 appearances this season. There is a chance that the teenager could be en route to becoming one of the best players in world football, something many teams will be interested in acquiring.

Benfica president Luís Felipe Vieira is understood to want the player to stay at the club for another season and despite the player having a €120 million release clause, it was attempted to raise that to €200 million but the player was not keen on accepting that. However, if the release clause is met, the commission will need to also be paid by the buying club so this will be a costly deal for any club wanting to sign him.

On Sunday, Portuguese newspaper Record stated that both Atletico Madrid and United had representatives present in the final match of the season, where Benfica received the league title and Félix scored a great goal. However, it was also claimed that both clubs were already negotiating for the 19-year-old and that United would pay the release clause for the player, if necessary.

The Evening Standard seems to have taken a different approach suggesting that Benfica want £150 million for Félix but also stating that the Portuguese club may lower their demands, accepting a bid of around £100 million for the player. They do not seem to state anything about the release clause of the player – perhaps actual research is time-consuming? It does not make this source look any more reliable, not that it is reliable in the first place, in my opinion anyway.

Spending this kind of money on one player is always going to be a gamble, however, some will view it as necessary, especially if there are other clubs interested in the player. It might be unlikely that Manchester City and Barcelona would spend this amount of money on one player this summer. Juventus spent a lot of money last summer, acquiring Cristiano Ronaldo but the club could be set for a huge shakeup this summer, meaning funds might be available.

Also, with Antoine Griezmann confirming that he will leave Atletico Madrid, they will have money to spend. United though, will have money to spend, especially when you look at the money they have been turning over during recent years and the fact that last summer, the total net spend was around £60 million, the money from the lack of investment there should be added to the amount to be spent this summer. United need investment in the playing squad, also the sale of many players in that squad, which could supplement new arrivals.

Whether United do in fact make a move for the 19-year-old this summer obviously remains to be seen. There have been many reports over the past few months and United does have a scouting presence in Portugal, so I guess that gives the media enough information to speculate but there might be some truth in this. I am sure we will start to see signs of this happening, if indeed it is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward wants. If not, it can be resigned back in the bin of speculation.

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