Atletico Madrid have confirmed the capture of teenage superstar Joao Felix from Benfica on a seven-year contract in a deal worth
While a host of Europe's elite clubs had been vying for the 19-year-old, who
The Portuguese starlet is set to replace outgoing striker Antoine Griezmann, after Atletico's CEO Gil Marin confirmed the Frenchman is set to join Barcelona this summer after calling time on his career in the Spanish capital. Negotiations between Benfica and the Rojiblancos began back on June 1, with Diego Simeone's side finally agreeing to meet the player's hefty release clause, as confirmed on the club's website.
A statement on Atletico's website read: "
I enjoy that Griezmann's signing isn't official yet and Atletico have still just taken his number. https://t.co/ttwtv2Cbhw— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) July 3, 2019
"Our club and Benfica have reached an agreement over the transfer of the young Portuguese footballer. The forward has already passed his medical at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra and signed his new contract for the next seven seasons.
| Agreement with @slbenfica_en over the transfer of @JoaoFelix70.— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 3, 2019
The Portuguese forward has signed a seven-year contract with our club
⚪ Welcome to the Atleti Family! ⚪
https://t.co/VtKnmyhkM1#AúpaAtleti #PureTalent #WelcomeJoãoFélix pic.twitter.com/7H5U7bmatE
Atletico have a history of developing young players, with the aforementioned Griezmann mastering their craft at the club alongside the likes of Jan Oblak and José Giménez.