Manchester United very close to signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Solskjaer sets his sights on £150m Premier League duo and more Manchester United Transfer News: June 9, 2019
Hello and welcome back to the Manchester United Transfer News round-up for 9th June 2019. We are back with the top transfer stories of the day involving Manchester United and here are our top five picks for today.
#5 Benfica give United the green signal in their pursuit of Joao Felix
We start today's segment with news regarding Portugal's emerging star, Joao Felix. The 19-year-old had a breakthrough season with Benfica and caught the eye of many big clubs in Europe, including United. The word around Old Trafford was that Felix was the perfect player to dictate the United midfield for years. He was considered to be a player with abilities similar to Paul Scholes, a midfielder that United have missed for ages. It was one reason that Solskjaer was desperate to bring the youngster to Portuguese.
We had earlier reported that United were among the four clubs currently vying for the signature of the Benfica youngster; however, it was not clear if the Portuguese club was willing to sell the Portuguese this summer. Now, recent news suggests that Joao Felix will most definitely move this summer.
According to The Express, Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has revealed that if United are willing to meet the Portuguese's £107m release clause, it will be up to the player to decide if he wants to make a move to Old Trafford.
We sit down with players and they say: ‘President, I can earn five million euros, president, do not make me stay here,’ Joao Felix had a release clause of £53.4m (£60m) and we realised after two or three games that we must increase it to £107m (£120m).
But it is Joao Felix and his family who will decide if he stays. If someone bids £107m (€120m) it is not worth dreaming that he will stay. We are trying everything to ensure he stays. But the only way is if we sell him and keep him another year.
If not, Joao leaves. There is no room to negotiate further. He doesn’t want to. How will Benfica negotiate with someone after he is given a proposal of £5.34m (€6m) after tax?
It is clear that Felix has been offered a fantastic salary and you can also sense that the offer could be from Manchester United. It could be a short wait now before the Portuguese's future is sorted.