June 17, 2019 / 3:59 PM / a month ago

Atletico to sign Benfica's Joao Felix for 120 million euros: report

Soccer Football - UEFA Nations League Semi Final - Portugal v Switzerland - Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal - June 5, 2019 Portugal's Joao Felix during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Susana Vera/Files

MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid are set to sign Portugal midfielder Joao Felix from Benfica for 120 million euros ($135 million), Spanish newspaper Marca said on Monday.

Felix, 19, made his first-team debut for Benfica last season, helping the Lisbon side win the Portuguese league title by scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists in 21 starts.

He made his Portugal debut in this month’s 3-1 win over Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League semi-final.

According to Marca, Atletico will pay the player’s full release clause imminently, smashing the club’s transfer record of 72 million euros which they paid last year to sign France winger Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco.

Atletico, who finished runners-up in La Liga last season, should have plenty of money available after talismanic striker Antoine Griezmann said last month he is to leave the club.

The France international’s release clause drops from 200 million euros to 120 million euros on July 1, and Spanish media reported that he has agreed personal terms with La Liga champions Barcelona.

($1 = 0.8896 euros)

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond

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