​Benfica have rejected a proposal of €70m for 19-year-old attacking midfield starlet João Felix from Premier League leaders Liverpool, based on one Portuguese report.

Felix, who can play throughout the entrance line, is tipped by many as one of many subsequent large issues in European soccer and has been linked with a number of high tier suitors together with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and each Manchester golf equipment.

Nikola Petrovic,João Felix

Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manhã (as disseminated by ​Sport Witness) claims that ​Liverpool submitted a bid of €70m (£61m), which was rejected by Benfica.

They observe that the participant, who’s reportedly in line for his first name as much as the Portugal nationwide crew, signed a contract extension as just lately as final November, with a buyout clause of €120m (£105m).

Liverpool have been linked with numerous gamers this January switch window, however seem extremely unlikely to make any signings till the summer time, with supervisor Jurgen Klopp playing down talk that the Reds could be in the market for additions.

A ‘number ten’ style player is apparently on the summer agenda for Liverpool, with the Reds nonetheless eager to recruit in that space after infamously dropping their pursuit of Nabil Fekir on the eleventh hour final yr.

Felix, who has scored 4 occasions for second-placed Benfica in as many begins within the Primeira Liga this season, could match that mould. Though, if the speak from Portugal is to be believed Liverpool will face heavy competitors for a participant some are tipping as among the many most proficient of his technology. 

One other report from sports activities newspaper ​Record outlines the curiosity from the ‘trio of sharks’ Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester Metropolis and ideas Felix to ultimately grow to be the costliest switch within the historical past of Portuguese soccer, eclipsing the €60m Zenit St Petersburg paid for Hulk in 2012.

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