Transfer market Ended pursuit to focus on Eden Hazard
Real Madrid had planned to buy Joao Felix from Benfica and loan him back to the Portuguese side, but they ended their pursuit of the starlet to pursue Eden Hazard.
Los Blancos were prepared to pay up to 80 million euros for the forward, whose release clause is set at 120 million euros.
However, due to the imminent arrivals of Hazard and Rodrygo Goes, as well as the financial implications of the deal with Benfica demanding his release clause fee, Madrid pulled out.
Another factor in ending their chase for the exciting youngster was that he would have to compete with Hazard, Rodrygo, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Isco for a starting spot.
Benfica, who have tried to raise Felix‘s release clause to 200 million euros, didn’t accept 80 million anyway.
That leaves the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid to compete with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus for the 19-year-old’s signature.
Barcelona were extremely interested in signing the youngster until the prospect of bringing in Antoine Griezmann from Atletico became a real possibility.
Felix netted 13 goals and provided eight assists in the final 19 matches of the Liga NOS campaign as Benfica were crowned champions under Bruno Lage.