Manchester United and Real Madrid set to battle for ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’

Man Utd & Real Madrid

European giants Real Madrid and Manchester United are closely monitoring the 19-year old Benfica midfielder Joao Felix, who has been regarded as the “new Cristiano Ronaldo”, according to reports by ESPN.

Joao Felix has been a standout performer for club’s youth team as well as senior team. The 19-year old has successfully found the net on 8 occasions in 20 appearances for Benfica in all competitions.

With the Spanish news outlet AS previously reporting that Real Madrid keeping tabs on the youngster, it seems Premier League heavyweights Manchester United has joined the race for the services of the 19-year old.

The young Benfica midfielder is nicknamed as ‘Hurricane Felix’ due to his pace and attacking nature. The 19-year old, who has been touted as the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’, has the ability to take on defenders and find space up front.

Joao Felix
Manchester United and Real Madrid have locked horns for Joao Felix

Real Madrid management were impressed by Felix’s performance in 2016-17 UEFA Youth League Semifinal. The 19-year old scored 2 goals in the game as Benfica beat Real Madrid 4-2.

Over the last few seasons, Felix has been monitored by Spanish giants Real Madrid. In addition to this, clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan, West Ham United and Borussia Dortmund have also sent their scouts for the youngster.

The young Midfielder has a release clause of €120 million. With the current contract expiring in 2023 and the constant rumours of clubs linked with the players, the clubs are planning to increase the release clause sum.

With Real Madrid’s current policy revolves around young players, a possible move for Felix could be on the cards. Similarly, Manchester united are in need of reinforcements. It will be interesting to see whether Felix joins Real Madrid or make a move to Premier League.

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