Liverpool will find it incredibly difficult to sign Joao Felix if his release clause is raised further as Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira claims it will be.
The Portuguese midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in Europe but will not come cheaply.
Speaking to Tuttosport, Viera said: “I am happy that all of Europe is talking about Benfica’s talents. Juventus’ and Real Madrid’s interest in him? Ask them.
“At this moment we are not interested in selling him and soon we will increase the release clause in his contract.”
The 19-year-old already has a €120million release clause in his contract, as per the Liverpool Echo, which effectively rules the Reds out of making a move as there is virtually zero chance Jurgen Klopp would spend that much on a teenager.
The German manager told the media a couple of weeks ago that he doesn’t intend on spending huge amounts of money this summer and is more likely to make small tweaks to a squad that is challenging for both the Premier League and the Champions League.
While I agree that Liverpool have a very strong set of players, more quality is needed in midfield and at centre back to partner van Dijk. Additionally, with Lallana and Origi the game-changers for Klopp from the bench currently, better impact players are required.
Klopp doesn’t need to go out and break transfer records but he certainly needs to make several signings this summer.