João Félix is rapidly becoming one of the hottest properties in European football and has been called up by Fernando Santos for Portugal’s most recent squad, leading Benfica to consider their bargaining position as concerns the 19-year-old.

Inevitably, the eyes of the big spenders have alighted on the attacking midfielder - who has scored 16 goals and provided nine assists in 37 appearances for Benfica this season – and the Portuguese club are more or less resigned to losing their young star this summer, but they will not be held to ransom.

Félix recently signed a contract extension at the Estádio da Luz with a minimum release clause of 120 million euros designed to dissuade potential suitors but Juventus, Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs are intent on snapping up the youngster at the earliest available opportunity. Benfica have placed another offer on the table, with a clause of 200 million euros, but Félix’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has put the stoppers on the deal and is reportedly going to open talks with Juventus on Tuesday.