Los Colchoneros close in on Felix

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Atletico Madrid are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal to sign 19-year-old Joao Felix from Benfica.

Atletico Madrid are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal to sign 19-year-old Joao Felix from Benfica.

Felix is rated as one of Europe’s hottest prospects after an impressive campaign in Lisbon last season and the Portugal international forward has been linked with a host of top clubs in recent weeks.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been credited with an interest, while Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus were also understood to be keen on the youngster.

Atleti emerged as surprise suitors earlier this month and now reports in Spain claim Los Colchoneros have triggered the 120million euros release clause in his Benfica deal.

Felix is set to travel to Madrid to hold talks with Atleti and a deal is expected to be completed in the coming days although there is still the possibility another club could match their bid and hijack the move.

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