City ready to splash out on £100m teenager

Man City have 'taken the lead' in the race to sign Benfica's £100m-rated teenage forward Joao Felix, according to reports in Portugal.

Man City have ‘taken the lead’ in the race to sign Benfica’s £100m-rated teenage forward Joao Felix, according to reports in Portugal.

The Citizens’ director of football, Txiki Begiristain, has visited Lisbon twice in the last month to watch the exciting 19-year-old, who is being widely touted as the brightest talent to emerge in his homeland since Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid and Manchester United are also interested but it is claimed City are the first to have informed Benfica they are willing to now pay his £100m release clause.

According to multiple reports in the Portuguese media, the Citizens see Felix as a ‘generational talent’, very much on similar lines to France striker Kylian Mbappe, who they twice attempted to sign before his move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain.

The starlet has scored 14 goals this season and is also a major creative force for the Eagles, being able to play across the entire forward line.

City boss Pep Guardiola is being kept updated on the negotiations and a potential ace could also come in the shape of Etihad midfielder Bernardo Silva, with Felix a massive fan of his fellow countryman.