Benfica president Luis Vieira explains that the Liga Nos outfit is not compelled by financial pressures to sell its best players and only release clauses within contracts can force them into selling.
The Reds have been linked with a sensational summer move for Felix since the start of the January transfer window and while nothing has materialised, it’s an interesting story to follow.
Despite the expected interest from around Europe, it’s unsurprising that Benfica are not exactly thrilled about the prospect of selling their rising star.
“Each day, the Club is more solid and robust, more and more autonomous,” Vieira said. “Today we no longer have to make ineligible sales to balance our accounts.
“I reaffirm that we have no objective to sell our main players. With each passing day, these young talents are more valued and prove the good vision, direction and strategy we had.
“As a first step, the need to overcome financial constraints has led to the need to make and take advantage of some sales opportunities.
“Today, only legal requirements defined by the clauses of sales clauses can lead us to this.”