According to the latest reports from Leicestershire Live, Liverpool can make a £106m move for Benfica’s wonderkid Joao Felix. It is believed that the Reds have been scouting this Portuguese prodigy and Liverpool have reportedly opened talks about a possible move with his release clause set at £106m.
The Reds are having an impressive season under Jurgen Klopp and are fighting to achieve a double of the Premier League and the Champions League. Felix is a forward who is more likely to play in a secondary striker or attacking midfielder’s role. The Benfica star is enjoying a terrific season as he has managed 16 goals and nine assists in 38 games in all competitions this season.
There is no doubt that the youngster would move on to bigger and better things in the future and quite a few heavyweight clubs would circle him like vultures in the summer. The Portuguese is a live wire in the attacking third as he is quick on his feet and agile. Joao Felix also has a little bit of flair to his game which makes him an appealing player to watch whenever he is on the ball.
Is he worth the fuss?
Given his talent and age, it is no surprise that his release clause is set over a £100m. However, we don’t see Liverpool spending that much on a single player. It’s true that the club would be better off if they sign an attacking midfielder or a creative playmaker. However, we don’t really see them blowing 100 plus million on a 19-year-old who is yet to prove himself outside of Portugal.
The Reds have done well in the past year even though they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. The Merseyside club didn’t look for an outright replacement for him and instead, invested the funds in bolstering other areas of the squad. The move has paid rich dividends as the club is competing for two of the biggest titles this season.
However, Felix has that talent to be worth more than £100m in a few years. So missing out on him could come back to bite the Reds. But, we would want Klopp to wait before giving the green light to spend over £100m on him.
Felix is still pretty raw, and a bit underdeveloped physically which might cause him a bit of an issue in the Premier League. Maybe in one or two years, the Reds can go after him if he manages to perform consistently for Benfica.