Benfica attacker Joao Felix is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after players during this summer’s transfer window with several clubs including Chelsea, keen to sign him.
Joao Felix had a breakthrough season during the just concluded campaign and it is not surprising that the major European clubs have been linked with him.
The 19-year-old was previously linked with Chelsea but the Blues have to overcome the transfer ban hanging over their head before any potential move for him.
Chelsea have been handed a two-window ban pending the appeal hearing at CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports).
Apart from CAS, Chelsea have to deal with Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid following the news that the player is interested in a move to the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium this summer.
According to the publication from trusted Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid are interested in Joao Felix who has a release clause of €120m (£105m) in his contract with Portuguese champions Benfica.
He signed a new deal with Benfica during the first half of the just concluded season and that took his release clause to €120m.
Joao Felix had a dream debut season for Benfica after he helped the former European champions reclaim the league title by netting 15 goals in 26 games.
Liverpool Urged To Sign Antoine Griezmann
Newly crowned European champions Liverpool have been told to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann this summer.
Liverpool were advised to sign the French World Cup winner by ESPN pundit Craig Burley.
According to him, Antoine Griezmann would be a very good fit for Liverpool who already boast of one of the most fearsome attacks in world football.
The Liverpool front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have performed well for the club on a consistent basis but Antoine Griezmann has a quality of his own.
He was a key member of the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia via a 4-2 win over surprise finalists Croatia in their final clash in Moscow.
Antoine Griezmann has already confirmed that he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer after five years at the club.
The 28-year-old signed for Atletico Madrid after the Spanish capital club reached an agreement with Real Sociedad for his transfer.
Spanish champions Barcelona are thought to be in pole position to secure his transfer by paying the €120m release clause but PSG are also showing interest in the player.
He is also linked with other clubs like Manchester United and Manchester City.
Ex-Chelsea player in contention to seal deal to Spain
Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand is reportedly attracting the interest of two major European sides according to the latest reports coming out of the media in the United Kingdom.
The former Chelsea left-back has previously been linked with Premier League champions Manchester City but he has new suitors besides the English top flight.
According to the specific publication from the stables of the Daily Mail, Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Italian Serie A club Inter Milan are keen on a summer move for Ryan Bertrand.
The 29-year-old has two years left on his current deal with the Saints and the Premier League club is interested in the sale of Ryan Bertrand.
It was revealed that Southampton will demand £15m for the former Chelsea defender though the two aforementioned European teams are confident that they can get their transfer target for £10m.
Ryan Bertrand was part of the Chelsea team that won the 2012 Champions League final in Munich.
Chelsea won the Champions League title for the first time in their history after they defeated German champions Bayern Munich via penalties.
Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan are both in need of a new left-back ahead of the new season.
Spanish giants Atletico Madrid have lost the services of Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich and Bertrand could be his replacement.
Transfer Round-up: Man City Sets Sight On Chelsea Target, Atletico Set To Announce Joao Felix Transfer
Premier League champions Manchester City have set their sights on Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly who was a previous transfer target for Premier League rivals Chelsea. According to the report from the stables of popular Italian news portal La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester City are preparing a €95m offer for the Senegalese international centre back.
Merseyside giants Everton have agreed on a €25m fee for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes according to Mundo Deportivo. The Portuguese international player spent last season on loan at Everton and the Toffees have decided to make his loan deal a permanent transfer on the back of his impressive performances for the club.
Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are closing in on the biggest transfer of this summer following the news that Benfica attacker Joao Felix will seal a move to the club after the Spaniards agreed to pay his €120m release clause. The 19-year-old would be the fifth most expensive player in the history of football.
Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Norwich City defender Max Aarons according to Sky Sports. The young English right-back impressed a great deal for the Canaries who secured promotion to the Premier League at the end of last season. Aarons is the alternative to Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka for Manchester United after two separate bids were denied for the England u-21 international by the Eagles.
The Man City deal that Arsenal will benefit from
English Premier League outfit Arsenal are set to benefit from the report that defending champions Man City are set to secure the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.
Despite winning the English title for the second consecutive year, The Citizens are still keen to strengthen their squad and have identified the Spanish La Liga outfit player as an ideal man to fit into the team.
It is claimed Man City are willing to pay the sum of €70 million for the star player with a possibility that it would be concluded in coming days.
However, Atletico Madrid will have to find a replacement for the star player and they have identified Arsenal player and Swiss international Granit Xahaka as an ideal option.
Already Granit Xhaka has been linked away from the Emirates Stadium with claims that he is unhappy after enduring a difficult last season.
This could be a blessing in disguise for the North London outfit as they will be able to cash in from the sale of the Swiss international to increase the £40 million that is available for manager Unai Emery to engage in this summer transfer window.
It has been concluded that Arsenal will not reject a bid for Granit Xhaka.
£107m Chelsea Target Undergoes Medical
Benfica attacker Joao Felix has reportedly done his Atletico Madrid medical ahead of a big money move to the Spanish capital.
This is according to the latest reports coming out of the media in his native Portugal.
Joao Felix is one of the most exciting young prospects on the European football scene and several clubs are on his trail.
West London giants Chelsea were strongly linked with the young Portuguese forward until they were hit with a two-window transfer ban by world football’s governing body FIFA.
Chelsea were punished for their misgivings in the signing of players under the age of 18 but the newly crowned Europa League winners have always maintained their innocence promoting the appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
Others like Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Juventus and Barcelona have also been linked with the 19-year-old Portuguese international player since he burst onto the scene at the start of the just concluded Portuguese Super League season.
He was one of the star players for Benfica as they reclaimed their league title from arch rivals, FC Porto.
Joao Felix has a €120m (£107m) release clause in his Benfica contract and Atletico Madrid have activated it.
The player has done his medical ahead of the multi-million pounds move.
Joao Felix and his agent Jorge Mendes were spotted in Madrid on Monday night to further confirm his imminent move to Atletico Madrid according to the specific publication from Portuguese media outlet Record
Finally, Liverpool now have a chance to sign £105m-rated striker
Portuguese champions Benfica have dismissed recent reports that Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are closing in on a move for one of their prized assets.
Reports on Monday in Spain had claimed that Atletico Madrid are closing in on a move for Benfica teen sensation Joao Felix after agreeing to pay the £105m (€120m) release clause in his contract with the newly crowned Portuguese champions.
According to trusted Spanish newspaper AS, Benfica have rubbished those transfer rumours linking Joao Felix with the Rojiblancos.
Joao Felix has previously been linked with a move to Champions League holders Liverpool who had a £61m bid rejected for him towards the end of last year.
Apart from Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, Joao Felix has been attracting the interest of other major European clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus.
Joao Felix enjoyed a breakthrough season for Benfica during the just concluded season.
The 19-year-old attacker scored 20 goals in all competitions for Benfica who were able to reclaim the Portuguese Super League title from rivals FC Porto.
His best display came in the Europa League quarterfinals when he scored a treble in their first leg clash with German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Joao Felix scored a hattrick to lead Benfica to a 4-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt before the Portuguese giants were eliminated on the away goals rule after losing the second leg 2-0.
Chelsea Reject Two £35m Bids For Winger
Europa League holders Chelsea have rejected two separate bids for one of their players.
This is according to Sky Sports which claimed that the Blues have turned down two separate bids of £35m for Brazilian national team player Willian.
It was revealed that the bids are from the Spanish La Liga duo of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona are long-term admirers of Willian and the Catalans have tried to sign the Chelsea winger on several occasions.
The Spanish champions made a swap bid for him during the winter transfer window but they were unsuccessful.
Barcelona were willing to offer compatriot Malcom in exchange for Willian only for the Spaniards to meet a brickwall, as Chelsea didn’t want to let their winger leave the club.
Atletico Madrid are new entrants as far as the interest in Willian is concerned.
Chelsea are in a more precarious position than they were when the previous Barcelona bid was rejected due to the transfer ban slammed on them by world’s football governing body FIFA.
The West London giants have submitted an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in a bid to overturn the transfer ban.
Chelsea won’t want to lose another important player following the exit of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Atletico Madrid Join Race To Sign £70m Liverpool Target
Spanish La Liga giants Atletico have joined the keenly contested race to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes according to the latest media reports.
A lot of Premier League clubs have registered their interest in signing the Portuguese international midfielder.
Liverpool are one of those Premier League sides though the Reds’ interest seems to have cooled down in recent weeks.
Portuguese international player Bruno Fernandes is rated at around £70m by his club who are keen to sell him on the back of a sensational season.
The 24-year-old has a release clause of €100m (around £89m) but Sporting Lisbon are willing to sanction his sale for a lesser amount.
Apart from Liverpool, other Premier League sides like Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also in the running to sign him.
Bruno Fernandes broke the midfield goalscoring records in the just concluded campaign after he scored 32 goals for Sporting Lisbon in all competitions.
The Portuguese international usurped the previous record from Frank Lampard who scored 27 goals in all competitions for Chelsea during the 2009/10 season.
In addition, Bruno Fernandes also provided 18 assists to take his goal contributions to 50 goals.
The Portuguese midfielder scored 20 goals and assisted 13 goals in 33 league games.
I just want to play football, star target open to United move
English Premier League outfit Man United have been linked with the signature of France international and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann but they were scared that he had already agreed on a move to Barcelona.
Reports had claimed that the World Cup winner already agreed on a move to join the Spanish champions after handing in a transfer request to Atletico Madrid at the end of last season and the club already confirming that the former Real Sociedad forward will be sold.
The Red Devils now have no reason to worry as Antoine Griezmann has opened the possibility of a move to the Premier League by not insisting on staying in Spain.
Now that Barcelona are reported to have cooled off their interest in the Frenchman, he is claimed to be ready for any move as long as he can secure enough playing time.
However, Man United will have to cough out £108m, going by the release clause in his contract with the Spanish outfit.
Meanwhile, the player has called for patience over is future, noting that he hopes it is settled as soon as possible so that he can catch his fun and help his new owners.
Man United to replace David De Gea with Jan Oblak
English Premier League outfit Man United have been handed a major advantage in their pursuit of a new goalkeeper.
The Red Devils are yet to agree on a deal with Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea have who has made his intention to leave the club in the summer transfer window public.
A number of players have been linked to serve as a replacement for the goalkeeper but Atletico Madrid shot stopper Jan Oblak seems to be a better choice as he has already indicated interest in leaving the Spanish outfit.
Man United and Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain are both interested in the signature of Jan Oblak but the shot-stopper has his choice to make and has chosen the English Premier League outfit ahead of a move to France.
This gives an edge to the Red Devils as they are also interested in securing a new stopper and have been linked with Jan Oblak in the past.
However, David De Gea has received a lot of offers from top European teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich who are all interested in the player.
The destination of the former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is yet to be known, but it is obvious that a deal will go down before the end of the summer transfer window.
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