Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have set a €350m release clause in the contract of Benfica attacker Joao Felix whom they are close to signing according to the media reports coming out of the Spanish media.
Joao Felix is expected to join Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid in the coming days after the Rojiblancos agreed to meet the €120m (£105m) release clause in his contract with Portuguese champions Benfica.
According to the specific report from trusted Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid will insert a release clause of €350m in his contract when Joao puts pen to paper to become an Atletico Madrid player.
Joao Felix has been attracting the interest of the best of the best clubs in European football but it seems like Atletico Madrid have won the race to sign him.
Apart from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, Portuguese international Joao Felix has also been linked with clubs like Spanish champions Barcelona, Premier League champions Manchester City, Manchester United and six-time European champions Liverpool.
Joao Felix enjoyed a breakthrough season for Benfica last season as he helped the former European champions reclaim the Portuguese Super League title from FC Porto.
He scored 15 goals in 26 league appearances for Benfica.
Gary Neville Reveals Why Man City Won’t Win EPL, UCL Titles
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed that Manchester City won’t win the Premier League title and the Champions League title.
Gary Neville talked about the Premier League champions while he was doing his punditry work on popular English news channel Sky Sports.
The former Manchester United defender said that city rivals Manchester City won’t win the two major trophies namely the Champions League and Premier League titles.
According to him, Pep Guardiola knows that he does not have the squad to win those aforementioned major trophies.
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Gary Neville said that the Manchester City defence is not good enough to win those trophies.
Manchester City have lost the services of former skipper Vincent Kompany this summer.
Vincent Kompany left Manchester City when his contract expired in the summer and has since taken up the job as a player/manager at Belgian top flight side Anderlecht.
Apart from losing the services of Vincent Kompany, Manchester City would be without first choice centre back Aymeric Laporte till next year after the French player suffered a serious knee injury.
England international John Stones has also struggled with injury this season thereby forcing manager Pep Guardiola to field defensive midfielder Fernandinho in the centre back position this season.
La Liga: Real Madrid Maintain Lead In Madrid Derby Clash
Real Madrid are still the team to beat in the Spanish La Liga after the immediate past European champions maintained their position at the top of the table despite the draw recorded in their Madrid Derby clash with Atletico Madrid.
The Madrid Derby clash ended in a goalless draw.
Hosts Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid shared the points as the defense of both teams was in top form especially the goalkeepers.
Real Madrid shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois and his Atletico Madrid counterpart Jan Oblak contributed to the result a great deal especially the latter who had to make several saves to ensure that his goal was not breached.
The result ended the two-game winning run for Real Madrid though their unbeaten run is still intact.
They are the only team yet to suffer defeat in the top flight of Spanish football.
Some weeks ago, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was under serious pressure but it seems to have eased off a bit on the back of seven points in the last three games.
Zidane came under pressure after his Real Madrid team suffered a thrashing at the hands of French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in their Champions League opener this season.
Real Madrid were on the end of a 3-0 defeat at the home of PSG earlier this month.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid: Zidane Sends Strong Message To Hazard
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has sent a strong message to summer signing Eden Hazard ahead of the Madrid Derby this weekend.
Zidane sent the message to Hazard in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Madrid Derby clash in the Spanish La Liga.
Atletico Madrid welcome Real Madrid to the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for the first Madrid Derby of the season.
On Hazard, Zidane challenged the Belgian international to show his quality during the game.
He wants Eden Hazard to step up for the Madrid Derby clash.
Eden Hazard has not had the best of starts to his Real Madrid career and that’s largely due to injury.
He sustained an injury during preseason and that led to him missing the start of the new Spanish La Liga season.
Hazard returned from injury for the home game against Levante which ended in a 3-2 win for Real Madrid.
He also played in the 1-0 win at the home of Sevilla.
Eden Hazard has made three appearances for Real Madrid including the Champions League opener against French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
He became a Real Madrid player in the summer after the club paid a club-record fee to sign him.
Champions League: Real Madrid Receive Heavy Defeat As Atletico Fight Back Versus Juventus
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and his players were deservedly beaten by an impressive Paris Saint Germain (PSG) team in their Champions League Group A clash on Wednesday night.
Zidane and his players didn’t produce a shot on target as they were beaten 3-0 by the French champions at the end of the game played at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
Former Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria was the star of the game after the Argentine international star scored a brace.
Di Maria stepped up for PSG in the absence of the attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.
Mbappe and Cavani missed the game as a result of injury, while Neymar was suspended for the French giants’ Champions League opener.
Angel Di Maria got his goals in the first half before PSG right-back Anthony Meunier wrapped up the points for the French capital club.
In the pick of the bunch, Atletico Madrid came from two goals down to seal a point against visitors Juventus via a 2-2 draw.
Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi gave the Italian champions a two-nil lead before the home team fought back through goals from Stefan David and summer signing Hector Herrera as the two teams settled for a point.
La Liga: Atletico Madrid Open Gap On Title Rivals
Atletico Madrid have opened a healthy lead on their title rivals at the top of the Spanish La Liga table after the third set of league matches in the new season.
The Spanish capital club maintained their perfect start to the season with a win over Eibar at home.
The victory was not straightforward for Atletico Madrid who had to come from two goals down to beat Eibar 3-2 for their third successive win at the start of the new Spanish La Liga season.
Atletico Madrid have started the season well in their quest to win a first league title in six years.
Eibar went two goals up through Charles and Anaitz Arbilla before Atletico Madrid battled back with three goals to win the game including a stoppage time strike from Ghanaian international Thomas Partey.
Joao Felix is the record signing at Atletico Madrid and he pulled one back for his team before Vitolo leveled proceedings for the Spanish capital outfit paving the way for Partey to score the winning goal.
Atletico Madrid lead the league with nine points from the three games played ahead of Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla with seven points.
Levante are in fourth position with six points, while Atletico Madrid’s city rivals and title rivals Real Madrid are in fifth position with five points after their 2-2 draw at Villarreal on Sunday.
Title favourites and defending champions Barcelona are in the eighth position with four points.
Mourinho Sends Strong Message To Young Joao Felix
Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has backed new Atletico Madrid signing Joao Felix to be an instant hit for the Spanish La Liga club.
Jose Mourinho talked about Joao Felix during an interview with the Portuguese Football Association’s television channel.
According to him, the level of expectation on the young shoulder of Joao Felix is high but the Portuguese attacker can thrive with it.
Jose Mourinho has been involved with television and punditry in recent weeks having failed to return to the dugout since his dismissal at Manchester United at the end of 2018.
He was sacked after the poor start to the season recorded by Manchester United under his watch.
Jose Mourinho is a big supporter of Joao Felix and he believes the former Benfica attacker can thrive in his new surroundings at the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.
Joao Felix became the most expensive signing in the history of Atletico Madrid after the Spaniards paid €126m for him.
The young Portuguese international was linked with a lot of the big clubs in European football before Atletico Madrid swooped in for him.
Joao Felix was linked with clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Atletico Madrid Open Talks With Spurs For Man Utd Target
Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have opened negotiations with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur over midfielder Christian Eriksen.
This is according to the latest reports emanating from the media in Spain.
Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen previously talked about leaving the club this summer but his desire has not been granted with three weeks left between now and the end of this summer’s transfer window.
According to the publication from trusted Spanish newspaper AS, Atletico Madrid want to sign Christian Eriksen before the end of this transfer window and they have already opened talks with the North Londoners.
Christian Eriksen has one year left on his current deal at the club.
Spurs have to make a decision on the player who will be a free agent by next summer if he fails to sign a new deal.
The North Londoners have to sell him this summer to prevent a free transfer for him.
Christian Eriksen has been a key player for the 2019 Champions League finalists since joining the club in 2013.
The Manchester United target moved to London from Dutch Eredivisie giants Ajax Amsterdam as part of the transfer splurge made on the back of the then world-record move by Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
Kieran Trippier set to join Atletico Madrid – BBC
Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are reportedly in talks to sign Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Atletico Madrid want to sign a new right-back this summer and England international Trippier is being targeted for that position.
Atletico Madrid need a new right-sided defender after Juanfran left the club this summer at the end of his contract.
Kieran Trippier could replace the veteran Spanish international at Atletico Madrid after he was placed on the transfer list at Spurs.
The English defender was a regular for Tottenham Hotspur in their run to the Champions League final last season.
Trippier played a big part in the run to the Champions League final before his Tottenham Hotspur side lost to Liverpool.
Mohamed Salah (penalty) and substitute Divock Origi scored the goals for Liverpool either side of the halftime interval as the Reds won 2-0 to win their first trophy in seven years.
Kieran Trippier might have played his last game for Tottenham Hotspur during that Champions League final clash with Liverpool.
He was linked with Italian Serie A giants Napoli and Manchester United earlier this summer but both clubs have since moved on to other transfer targets.