Recruited by the Colchoneros in July 2019, for the sum of 127 million euros, the Portuguese striker could have had another trajectory, if the desire of his agent, Jorge Mendes, had been respected.
According to telephone statements dating back two and a half years and relayed by Record, Jorge Mendes said he wanted his player, João Felix, to sign for Manchester City: “(Luis Filipe) Vieira (the then president of Benfica) insisted that I bring him proposals of 120 million and I already have four. Now there is a problem because he can only go to one club and there is only one that gives 120 million (Atlético) and another that allows him to stay (at Benfica) for another year. . Now he has to see what he wants to do. The best thing for João Felix would be Manchester City, to play with (Pep) Guardiola. It will be the most expensive signing in Portuguese football. »
In the end, the 22-year-old Portuguese did not sign for Pep Guardiola, but for Atlético Madrid, where he took a long time to establish himself. This season, João Felix has very shy statistics (19 games, 3 goals, 3 assists).