Splashing out £35m on Benfica’s Felix would be a stupid gamble by Wenger

Arsene Wenger is looking to reinvigorate his Arsenal squad with a £35m move for Benfica starlet Joao Felix, as per O Jogo. 

The Portuguese midfielder has been capped at Under-21 level by his country but is yet to play a first-team game for Benfica, so it would be premature for Wenger to spend such a high amount of money on him.

What’s the story, then?

Felix is only valued at £900k by Transfermarkt. He reportedly has a £52m release clause but Benfica would accept bids in the region of £35m for the youngster.

Several European giants are reportedly in pursuit of the wonderkid’s signature, and they are rumoured to include Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and AC Milan.

That means there is no shortage of competition for Wenger in his chase for the player’s services and it also underlines his growing reputation.

Wenger shouldn’t spend big on Felix

It would be a huge gamble if Wenger spend the amount of money being discussed on a player who hasn’t even played a first team match.

For that kind of money, the Frenchman needs to be bringing in players who can make an immediate impact on the Gunners starting eleven, preferably by strengthening the spine of the team.

He needs a new central defender, another holding player and potentially a new long-term goalkeeper much more urgently than he needs to nurture another young player through his development.

This is a deal Wenger needs to stay well clear of and if he does complete it, it will once again show that his priorities are well wrong.