Manchester United target Joao Felix would be open to following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps to success…


For a while now, reports have been emerging regarding Benfica prospect Joao Felix and a prospective transfer this summer with Manchester United just one of the clubs that are mentioned, as is normally the case. Just over a month ago, reports suggested that Felix, who has a €100 million price on his head, despite being just 19 years old. That figure would be too much to shell out for a player yet to achieve something.

As the season starts to head into the twilight, the speculation surrounding players, most linked to United, hots up and you start t read rumour after rumour suggesting that something solid is about to happen, which most of the time does not. However, hidden in these reports of supposition, there is normally something worthwhile hidden, which may actually happen. I don’t think this is one of them though.

That aside, Felix is growing as a player and if not this summer, he will be tempted to move to a bigger club than Benfica. The Portuguese club is great at selling young and talented players for big transfer fees, also they are good at marketing the said players, creating attraction and getting the money they desire. That is something that most clubs in the world of football fails to do, United included, seemingly selling players cheaply.

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Now, Felix has spoken to the media in Spain about many things, some which are ensuring that this rumour of his departure from the Portuguese club continues to grow before it and up leaking air and sinking into the doldrums of football transfer media once again. This seems to be the way sports writing has evolved, not for the better, in my opinion. Nearly every player out there can be linked to United.

However, the comments by Felix, which are, of course, open to interpretation, seem to suggest that, although it will not happen now, he does have the desire to play for some of the bigger teams in European football. Marca spoke to the player recently, trying to get some juicy tidbits of information, presumably to ensure these rumours continue to grow. Speaking about moving clubs, Felix said:

“My dream is always to play for the big teams and in the big competitions, but as I’ve already said, I am here and I am very happy at Benfica, who are also a big European team.”

Felix was also asked about his obscene transfer fee, which has now risen from €100 million to €120 million, however, looking at the initial reports, the €20 million increase could be something or nothing, probably the latter. The 19-year-old’s comments on the fee seem to be pretty down to earth though, suggesting that he’s, not yet, a player that is going to be driven by his ego. When asked if the fee was crazy, Felix said:

“Maybe, yes. But I don’t understand the market or values, they are things for agents and presidents. I confine myself to playing.”

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The most interesting part of the interview was Felix’s comments about Cristiano Ronaldo, who started his career in Portugal playing for Sporting Lisbon then signed for United in the summer of 2003 and playing for United until the summer of 2009 when he was sold to Real Madrid for £80 million. After years of success, Ronaldo is now playing for Juventus. Ronaldo’s path could be something Felix would be interested to follow:

“I don’t know him [personally]. He’s an enormously hard-worker, an exemplary footballer for everyone.

“Everybody knows his story, that it wasn’t easy. He’s been one of the best in the world for many years and he will carry on being so for a long time. Real Madrid are really feeling his absence.”

United will no doubt be looking to strengthen their squad this summer and boy do they need to. Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it could be that he will seek to sign younger players who can be developed into United players rather than established players who would expect the club to change for them to fit into it. Sir Alex Ferguson developed players to fit in at the club and Solskjaer seems to have the same mentality.

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