Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Atletico sign Felix from Benfica for €126m

Atletico sign Felix from Benfica for €126m

Atletico Madrid have completed a transfer deal for striker Joao Felix, saying they have agreed to pay Benfica 126 million euros ($142 million) to acquire the Portuguese teenager.

Atletico Madrid announced the club's new transfer with a special video on social media.

The La Liga giants beat Manchester United and Man City to the signing of the Portuguese star who look set to replace Frenchman Antoine Griezmann.

"The 19-year-old has signed a contract for the next seven seasons".

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Felix, who made his Portugal debut in a 3-1 win over Switzerland in the Uefa Nations League semi-final, becomes Atletico's most expensive player, smashing their record of €72 million to prise Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco previous year.

Felix, who joined Benfica's youth system at age 15, played 43 official matches last season and recorded 20 goals and 11 assists to help lead the club to the Portuguese-league title.

He made his national team debut in a 3-1 win over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League semifinal on June 6 and started three days later as Portugal beat the Netherlands, 1-0, to lift the trophy.

It was the second big move of the day for Atleti, who earlier announced that Mexico global Hector Herrera was joining the club on a free transfer after his contract expired at Porto.

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