Portuguese outlet Correio da Manhã report that Liverpool have bid for Joao Felix.
They say the Reds made an offer of 70m euros to Benfica but Liverpool aren’t the only team linked with Joao Felix. Record claim that both Manchester clubs and Barcelona are tracking the teenager closely.
So how likely is a move to Anfield?
Who is Joao Felix?
Joao Felix is a 19-year-old attacking player in his debut season for Benfica. The teenager has already shown he can play across the forward line, although appears to have settled as a second striker or attacking midfielder.
His performances in the Benfica II squad allowed him to break through this year. But more than that, he forced his way into Benfica’s starting XI last month. That’s no mean feat for a teenager but his six goals support the faith in him and, inevitably, bring about rumours.
Do Liverpool need Joao Felix?
We know that Liverpool want a ‘number 10’ player after their failed pursuit of Nabil Fekir last summer.
What has changed, however, is Liverpool’s success; Jurgen Klopp’s side sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League. The need for an immediate impact isn’t there anymore – things are going well as they are.
And for that reason, maybe signing a young talent for the position does make sense. Klopp can mould a young player with greater ease, for instance. Liverpool don’t need a player to rely on, either, taking pressure off the kid.
How likely is it?
As we’ve mentioned, Liverpool aren’t the only club being reported with interest. Whether you believe the rumours or not, it’s clear there would be a battle on.
Then there’s the reported offer itself. Liverpool have only ever paid that kind of money for a player entering their prime. In fact, if you look at players under 21, you see another reason they’d be reluctant.
The Reds’ record fee for a player under the age of 21 was in 2014 at 25m euros. It was also, funnily enough, paid to Benfica. The player? Lazar Markovic.
With that cautionary tale, Liverpool may want to see more than six months of Joao Felix before potentially repeating their mistake.
Some things add up about this potential deal – but it would still be very out of character for Liverpool.