Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow in the wake of the news that Premier League rivals Manchester United are plotting a £100m bid for highly rated Benfica attacker Joao Felix ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
This was revealed by popular English news outlet The Sun.
Arsenal are one of several clubs to have registered their interest in the impressive Joao Felix who has been in sensational form for Portuguese Super League outfit Benfica since the start of the season.
He has scored nine goals and also provided five assists in 23 appearances for Benfica this term.
Joao Felix has scored and also provided a goal in each of his last three games for Benfica to further underline his immense talent.
Arsenal are cash-strapped at the moment with recent reports claiming that the Gunners will be able to spend just £45m, excluding player sales, when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The Gunners won’t be able to contest with Manchester United and other interested teams in the race to sign Joao Felix who says Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is his idol.
Arsenal were only restricted to loan signings during the last transfer window.
Other clubs like Juventus, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers and many more are also keen on a move for Joao Felix who has a release clause of £105m (€120m) in his Benfica contract.