Report: Manchester City meet Benfica president to discuss Joao Felix move

Manchester City chief-executive Ferran Soriano looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester City at Turf Moor on April 28, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

£106m Joao Felix is reportedly coveted by Premier League champions Manchester City but could he replace Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane?

Benfica's Portuguese forward Joao Felix celebrates after scoring a goal during the Portuguese League - Primeira Liga - football match SL Benfica vs CD Santa Clara at the Luz stadium in...

Manchester City appear to be stepping up their pursuit of Benfica wonder-kid Joao Felix with the Sun (31 May, page 64) reporting that the club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano had a meeting with the playmaker’s agent on Thursday.

The 19-year-old is perhaps the most coveted young talent anywhere in world football, having been compared to the likes of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Johan Cruyff during a remarkable breakthrough season at the Estadio da Luz.

 

Felix scored 20 goals in all competitions from an attacking midfield role as Benfica pipped Porto to the Primeira Liga title.

And The Sun reports that City have held talks about luring him to the Etihad with Soriano discussing a potential deal with Felix’s agent Jorge Mendes and Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira in London.

Benfica's Portuguese midfielder Joao Felix (C) waves a flag as he and his teammates celebrate after winning the 37th Portuguese League Championship at Marques de Pombal in Lisbon on May 18,...

Felix has a release clause in his contract worth £106 million and Benfica are unlikely to budge from that valuation. But Manchester City could fund a deal by selling Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich, although they have already rejected a £70 million bid from the Bundesliga champions.

City want closer to £90 million for the German international, who they have failed to tie down to a new contract despite starting talks 18 months ago.

Benfica's Portuguese forward Joao Felix (R ) vies with Santa Clara's midfielder Pedro Pacheco during the Portuguese League - Primeira Liga - football match SL Benfica vs CD Santa Clara at...

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