Atletico Madrid Sign Joao Felix From Benfica For £113m
Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Portuguese Striker Joao Felix for 126m euros (£113m) from Benfica. This surpasses the amount paid for Cristiano Ronaldo, making him the fifth most expensive transfer in history.
Benfica reached an agrreement with Atletico to pay the fee in instalments, after bidding 6m euros more than the 19-year-old’s 120m euro release clause.
Only Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele have moved for more money.
Felix has penned a seven-year deal with Atletico.
He made his senior debut in August and scored 15 goals last season as Benfica won the title.
Felix is now the second-most expensive teenager following the 180m euros paid to Monaco by Paris St-Germain for France forward Mbappe in 2018.
The former Porto youth player made his international debut against Switzerland in the Nations League semi-final in June.
He scored a hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League in April, becoming the youngest Benfica player and the youngest Portuguese footballer to score three goals in Europe and the youngest player ever to do so in the Europa League.