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Benfica offer João Felix new contract amid interest from overseas

Benfica remain determined to keep hold of their star teenager João Felix next season. 

With growing interest from overseas - from some of the biggest clubs in Europe - Benfica are taking action to keep hold of their youngster.

As A Bola initially reported, Felix has been offered a substantial pay rise in order to encourage him to stay on as Benfica look to make strides in the Champions League next season.

The offer is of 2.5 million euros a season, making Felix the highest paid player in the Benfica squad alongside veteran striker Jonas.

Benfica were also hoping to increase his already substantial €120million release clause even further to €200million, although an agreement for this with his agent Jorge Mendes was unable to be attained.

Manchester City are the club currently paying most attention to João Felix, and could be seen as frontrunners to sign him should they be willing to pay the asking price.

President Luis Filipe Vieira has been adamant all season that Benfica will not sell him for any less than his release clause, although it's perhaps likely that offers pushing €100million could be deemed too good to him refuse. 

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