Joao Felix: Atletico Madrid Complete €126m Move for Benfica Teenager
Atletico Madrid have signed Portugal forward Joao Felix for 126m euros (£113m) from Benfica in the fifth most expensive transfer in history.
Atletico Madrid also put out a tweet featuring Felix in the club’s colors walking through the capital city’s Prado museum with the caption “pure talent” following the most expensive transfer in club history, surpassing the €72m they paid for Thomas Lemar last summer.
The 19-year-old Portugal international has signed a seven-year contract keeping him at the club until June 2026.
He made his senior debut in August and scored 15 goals last season as Benfica won the title.
The fee is the fifth highest ever paid for a player after the transfers of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
He will wear the No 7 shirt currently worn by Antoine Griezmann during his time at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, meaning Atletico might be close to selling the wantaway striker.
In terms of incomings to add to Joao Felix’s arrival, midfielder Marcos Llorente has been signed from rivals Real Madrid, while centre-back Felipe has been brought in from Porto.