Atletico Madrid have completed a move for Joao Felix reported to be worth a staggering £113 million (BBC Sport) – suggesting Wolverhampton Wanderers were never really in the race.
The 19-year-old has become the fifth-most expensive player of all time behind Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
Atleti will apparently pay that fee in installements, and he joins the club on a seven-year deal.
The starlet scored 15 goals last term, helping Benfica to the league title.
Clearly his ceiling his sky high, and he has already been dubbed the most exciting player since Cristiano Ronaldo (A Bolas’s Jose Delgado, via BBC Sport).
His rise and transfer certainly makes Wolves’ reported interest seem somewhat misplaced.
The Black Country club sent scouts to watch the teenager against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League earlier this year, and the club were reported as ‘in contention’ to make a move for Felix (TEAMtalk).
But his £113 million price tag would suggest that Wolves could never have been able to sign the precocious young talent, despite their success with acquiring Portuguese players.
Felix clearly is a special player, and will likely become the next great striker at Atletico with the club famed for developing star number nines.
Wolves are ambitious, but Felix was seemingly always just beyond their grasp.