Liverpool were one of a host of clubs linked with Portuguese prodigy Joao Felix (Record) over the summer. The 19-year-old eventually secured a mega bucks move to Atletico Madrid. The Spanish capital side paid Benfica a club record €126m – £113m – to bring the forward to the Wanda Metropolitano (where Liverpool won the Champions League, in case you forgot).
At the time, Kopites breathed a sigh of relief that Michael Edwards hadn’t been squeezed for over £100m for a teenager who hadn’t proved himself in one of Europe’s top leagues yet. Now Reds will be kicking themselves that they missed out.
Atletico had a bag full of a cash and space to fill this summer. Barcelona raided their La Liga rivals for their star player, paying Antoine Griezmann’s £107m buyout clause. The Madrid giants needed to replace their talisman and so they put all their eggs in one floppy fringed teenage basket.
Since his move, Felix has stepped straight into Griezmann’s boots. Atletico have won all 3 of their opening games with the ex-Benfica man starting each game, grabbing a goal and an assist along the way.
His league form will come as no surprise to those that followed Atletico’s preseason. The youngster provided an incredible, inch perfect crossfield ball for Diego Costa to finish the scoring against MLS All Stars.
This. Kid. 🔥🔥🔥
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 1, 2019
Capped twice by the Portugal senior team – he signed a seven-year deal with Los Colchoneros. With such a lengthy deal in place – that £113m doesn’t seem such an awful deal.
The forward is tied to the club into his mid-twenties and, if he continues to perform and develop at his current rate, he will be worth twice that amount in just a few years.