ATLETICO Madrid have announced the club record €120 million (£107m/$134m) signing of Benfica attacker, Joao Felix.
Manchester City had been interested in exploring a deal for the player depending on the future of Leroy Sane, while the likes of Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid had all also been linked.
But it’s Atleti that have secured his signature, with sources having revealed to Goal that talks began on June 1, with the Liga club’s CEO Gil Marin meeting Benfica chairman, Luis Filipe Vieira during the Champions League final to kick off negotiations. Marin then met Joao Felix in person and Atleti, with the help of Jorge Mendes, went on to convince the 19-year-old and his agent Pedro Cordeiro to travel to Madrid by way of an introduction to the club and their facilities.
Diego Simeone also played a key role in convincing Joao Felix to join Atleti having contacted the player directly, with the most expensive transfer in the club’s history having now been formally announced.
Such a fee sees the teenager become the fourth most expensive footballer of all time behind Paris Saint-Germain duo, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, as well as Barcelona midfielder, Philippe Coutinho.
Atletico Madrid have announced the signing of Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera after agreeing terms with the 29-year-old.
Herrera is expected to be unveiled as a Rojiblanco player tomorrow after the former Porto man put pen-to-paper on a three-year contract.
The Mexico international, who has made 70 appearances for his country, did not link up with the North Americans for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup in an attempt to resolve his club future.
The Tijuana-born player arrives in the Spanish capital following the expiration of his Porto contract on June 30, with an official presentation set to take place at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano Today.
In total, Herreraspent six seasons in Portugal, racking up 245 games, 35 goals and 35 assists.He was also named as the club’s Player of the Season for the 2014-15 season, and won the Primeira Liga in 2017-18.
On the international front, he played in two World Cups, at Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, while he also picked up gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and lifted the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.