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Benfica slam ‘totally false’ rumours over Joao Felix Atletico Madrid move

Benfica have branded speculation linking Joao Felix with an imminent move to Atletico Madrid as ‘totally false’ and ‘absurd’.

The Portuguese starlet has been linked with a move to virtually every one of European footballing giants, including both Manchester clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.

Reports on Monday claimed that Atletico Madrid were close to securing a move for the 18-year-old, with the La Liga runners up willing to pay his €120 million release clause, the only amount that will see Benfica sanction his departure.

However, in a strongly worded statement, Benfica have strongly refuted such suggestions.

“In view of the set of news published in these last hours, Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Futebol, SAD clarifies that it is false that any negotiation process is currently underway regarding a possible transfer of player João Félix,” a statement reads.

“More serious, and that deserves our most vehement repudiation and denial, is the false news that refers to negotiations that involve commissions of 30% and which, unfortunately, was echoed in Portugal by the newspaper A Bola, with intentions and goals that we do not know at all.

“We repeat: this information is totally false, absurd and has clearly intentional intentions for the reputation and dignity of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.”

Atletico Madrid last week confirmed that they have known since March that Antoine Griezmann is set to join Barcelona, with Felix being tipped as a potential replacement for the World Cup winner.

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