Liverpool eyeing mega-money move for Joao Felix

Liverpool are considering a move for Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix, Sportsmail claims.

What’s the story?

Mail Online and Sportsmail have produced a list of 12 likely transfer targets for Liverpool this summer, and the Reds were linked with a £61m bid for Felix back in January.

According to Sportsmail’s update, Liverpool are still considering a swoop for the 19 year-old, but he has a release clause of a whopping £105m.

However, the report claims Jurgen Klopp “has resources to dip into if the right calibre of player becomes available”, despite a willingness not to spend big just for the sake of it.

Do they need him?

Common sense would suggest Liverpool will pursue a versatile forward and a creative midfielder this summer, as those are the two positions they lacked depth in last season.

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming off a lengthy injury and Naby Keita not quite living up to expectations yet, a creative player in the middle of the park is a must.

However, with Daniel Sturridge expected to depart on a free transfer, an adequate deputy for Roberto Firmino should be the top priority, and Felix could be exactly that.

Is he good enough?

The teenager had a stunning breakout campaign with Benfica, grabbing 19 goals and eight assists.

Like Firmino, he plays up front but is by no means a traditional number nine, often dropping deep or drifting wide to create space for the wingers.

He has an eye for an incisive pass and loves unleashing shots from long-distance; two strengths of his game that will help the Reds unlock deep-lying defences.

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The youngster will need to work on his pressing – he averaged just 0.5 tackles per game this season while Firmino managed one per match – but this is a crease that can be ironed out in a young player.

Felix is a once-in-a-generation prospect, and is perhaps one of the few youngsters in world football capable of replicating what Firmino gives the Anfield faithful week in, week out.

Even at £105m, Klopp should be very tempted to go all in on this one.