Bayern Munich have had a relatively quiet winter transfer window. After many twists and turns in the potential transfer of Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Bayern will have to at least wait until the summer to acquire his services. But the club is already planning for the event that Hudson-Odoi falls through yet again.
As reported by SportBild, Bayern have expressed interest in SL Benfica’s youngster Joao Felix as a backup plan to Hudson-Odoi, in the event negotiations for summer transfer window falter with Chelsea. The 19-year-old has been with Benfica since 2015, when he moved from FC Porto. He has impressed this season, scoring seven goals and assisting two more in 20 appearances across competitions, including three appearances in the Champions League and Champions League qualifying stages.
Liverpool, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona, and Lyon are also said to be interested in Felix, and SportBild reports that Benfica has already rejected a €70m offer by Liverpool. Felix renewed his contract in Novmeber 2017, which is set to run through 2023. The deal contains a release clause of over €100m, which would make him very pricey for potential buyer like Bayern.
A worthwhile option for Bayern?
If we assume that the Hudson-Odoi deal finally goes through during the summer transfer window, it’s unlikely that Bayern would pursue Joao Felix, but there are absolutely no guarantees at this point, given how determined Chelsea has been to keep Hudson-Odoi. Much like Hudson-Odoi, Felix has most often been deployed as winger by manager Bruno Lage. More recently, he has shown tactical versatility in playing as a secondary striker in Benfica’s last three league matches, all of which were wins. In Benfica’s most recent 5-1 win over Boavista, Felix scored a goal and provided an assist during his 90-minute shift.
There is certainly no disguising Felix’s current productivity for Benfica. Per WhoScored, the 19-year-old has been directly involved in a goal more often than any other player in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with a sample size of over 10 appearances. It’s also worth mentioning that Felix missed a handful of matches this season through an ankle injury that’s been off and on.
Joao Felix: Is having a direct hand in a goal more frequently (every 71.3 mins) than any other player in Liga NOS this season (10+ apps)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) January 30, 2019
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While Felix might not possess the same pedigree as Hudson-Odoi, or perhaps even Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, who Bayern has also been linked with, his productivity speaks for itself. He could blossom into a world-class talent if he were to move to the Bundesliga. Felix could be the latest in a slew of youngsters to join Bayern along with Chris Richards and Alphonso Davies, who have both shown promise to have successful careers in Bavaria.
Weighing his worth at a glance
- Impressive goals and assists productivity
- High ceiling at such a young age (19-years-old)
- Versatility in attack
- Goal-scoring ability
- Team-first attitude
- Lack of experience, pedigree in one of “top five” leagues
- Incredibly pricey release clause
- His contract runs through 2023
- Injury proneness
What does everyone think, is Felix worth monitoring and pursuing somewhere in the future for Bayern?