Man City Meet Joao Felix’s Parents – Trying To Hijack €120m-Rated United Target

Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak (L) with chief executive Ferran Soriano (C) and Director of football Txiki Begiristain in the stands.

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Man City are looking to beat rivals Manchester United to the signing of Joao Felix.

The 19-year-old forward has been heavily impressive this season, with his performances attracting interest from all across Europe.

Clubs like Manchester United, Man City and Juventus are already being linked with the Portuguese starlet, whose current deal with Benfica has a release clause worth €120 million.

Man City director Txiki Begiristain travelled to Lisbon last month to watch Europa League quarter-final between Benfica and Frankfurt, in which Felix scored a hat-trick. As per Portuguese newspaper Record, he met with the player’s parents during the match.


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The encounter is claimed to be part of Man City’s effort to charm Felix’s family before making a move for the Benfica wonderkid.

Pep Guardiola’s side are also closing in on a deal for Bruno Fernandes, claims Manchester Evening News. The Sporting Lisbon attacking midfielder is also attracting interest from Manchester United.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, have offered Juan Mata a one-year deal with an offer to extend for another season.