Arsenal and Manchester City sent scouts to watch 18-year-old João Félix with Benfica B, according to reports in Portugal.
O Jogo (via Sport Witness) report that both Premier League clubs joined the crowd watching the B team play this week. Manchester United are also reportedly following the player, but didn’t send scouts on this occasion.
Félix is a versatile player who can play almost anywhere in the forward positions. This season has largely started on the left-wing, but also on the right, in attacking midfield or at centre-forward.
Wherever he plays, the youngster is in great form at the moment. He has four goals and two assists in his last four matches, including one on Wednesday with Arsenal watching.
A spanner in the works is that the Portuguese side reportedly have a €60m release clause in the youngster’s contract. I can’t imagine even a goal a game would be enough to convince Arsenal to pay that much.
Plus the North London club already have a great crop of youngsters coming through at the moment. The likes of Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah are all knocking on the door of the first team.
If Félix is available for a lower price, perhaps we’ll see Arsenal get involved, but for now I’m not convinced.