Benfica are looking to sign Felix to a new contract that will include a £130million release clause, though that may not ward off his suitors.
Madrid and Juventus are said to be the front-runners to sign the 19-year-old, with the former slight favourites as Zinedine Zidane looks to freshen up a side that has endured a poor season by their standards after seeing their run of three straight Champions League titles come to an end.
Meanwhile, Paulo Dybala has stagnated at Juventus and rumours have grown of an exit this summer. Felix would be a natural replacement for the Argentine – who himself has been linked with a move to United.
The Manchester club are targeting Felix as part of a summer rebuild in which newly-appointed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting several young stars, while City see the player as an heir to David Silva, with the Spaniard having turned 33 earlier this year.
Felix has caught the eye with an excellent season for Benfica, scoring 10 goals and adding four assists in the Premeira Liga this season.
Chelsea could extend Mateo Kovacic’s stay at the club despite the threat of a transfer ban looming over the upcoming transfer window.
The Croatian midfielder was signed on a one-year loan from Real Madrid last summer, with no option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season.
However, according to the Mirror, Madrid have offered Maurizio Sarri’s side a lifeline by giving Chelsea the chance to extend Kovacic’s loan by another season – with a mandatory option to buy after the 2019-20 campaign.
The 24-year-old has made 44 appearances in his debut season in England, and though he has yet to score his first Chelsea goal he has been a combative presence in Sarri’s midfield as they push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and the Europa League trophy, having reached the semi-finals of that competition.
With Zinedine Zidane having returned as Madrid manager in March, it’s unlikely that Kovacic would want to go back to the Spanish capital, having struggled for playing time under the Frenchman.
The Croatian was keen to press his claim for first-choice status in the national team ahead of last summer’s World Cup, but found his route to more starts for his club side blocked by Madrid’s established midfield trio of compatriot Luka Modric, Casemiro, and Toni Kroos. Even after Zidane’s shock departure from the club last summer, Kovacic opted to leave in order to guarantee more regular starts.
Upon arriving in London last summer, the midfielder bid farewell to Madrid on Twitter, making it clear that he saw his future away from Spain.
But the transfer ban Chelsea are facing over alleged illegal signings of under-age players has muddied the waters, though the club has lodged an appeal. If that fails, the Blues will be banned from registering players for the next two transfer windows.
After three years filled with trophies I have decided to move on. Eventhough are paths now separate I want to say big thank you to @realmadrid family and all the fans for an amazing part of my life I will never forget. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/vka7UUfsig— Mateo Kovačić (@Mateo_Kova23) August 10, 2018
Neymar admitted that he would like to play alongside Chelsea star Eden Hazard in the future. The ex-Barcelona player believes Hazard’s style is similar to his.
The fact that both players have been linked to a move to Real Madrid in the summer has further enhanced the significance of the Brazilian’s statement.
“Hazard,” the Brazilian responded to Fox Sports – as quoted by Marca – when asked if there was a player that he’d like to play alongside.
“He’s a player that I think is different and I he has a similar style to me.”
Often questioned about his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain, Neymar has reiterating the fact that he was on the look out for new challenges.
“It was about looking for something new, to find new difficulties,” he explained.
“Barcelona are a club that I’m in love with, even today.
“I still talk to my former teammates, but I felt at that time that I was looking for something more difficult.”