Arsenal prepare £35million transfer for Benfica ace Joao Felix if they qualify for UEFA Champions League

Arsenal are readying a £35 million summer transfer for Benfica star Joao Felix, according to media reports.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been keeping close eye on the teenager, who has a whopping £52million buyout clause included in his current contract.

However, as reported by Mirror Sport, the Portuguese club are likely to accept bids around the fee the Gunners are ready to ‘cough out’.

The report also claims the move is dependent on Arsenal winning the UEFA Europa League this term, due to the player’s intent to play in next term’s UEFA Champions League.

Despite not having made any senior appearance for Benfica’s first team squad, the 18-year-old midfielder has placed Europe’s top club’s on red alert with four outstanding displays for Portugal’s U-21 team, finding the net in two occasions.

The young talent has played 28 matches for the Benfica’s B team since 2016 in the Portuguese second tier league and has found the net on seven occasions.

The Gunners are keen to complete any potential transfer deal early in the summer due to numerous interests from European top clubs like Monaco, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain, among other suitors.

The creative midfielder could be seen as long-term replacement for England international midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has still not agreed a fresh deal at the Emirates Stadium despite his present contract running out at the end of the current campaign.

The below-par performances of Granith Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey has made it necessary for French tactician Arsene Wenger to seek reinforcement in the middle of the park.

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