​Manchester City are prepared to purchase Joao Felix and loan him back to Benfica to gain an advantage in the race to sign him, according to reports from ​Daily Mail

Felix has been one of the break out stars of the 2018/19 season, being absolutely brilliant throughout the season for Benfica and gaining a spot in the national team. A forward who can play in virtually any position across the four attacking areas, his versatility seems to be one of a favourite attribute for big clubs. 

In addition, he has scored 20 goals and assisted 11 times in 43 appearances across all competitions for the Liga NOS champions. 

His performances have seen him being linked to ​Manchester United, Manchester City, ​Liverpool​Real Madrid and ​Bayern Munich, however, most have reportedly dropped out due to his 'excessive' release clause, on a contract signed in the winter break. 

However, Joao Felix would be seen as a long term replacement for the aging Aguero, as City continue to not trust in backup striker Gabriel Jesus. City reportedly believe allowing Benfica to retain his services for another season will be a good bargaining chip.

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira recently said that he believed the only way to hold onto Joao Felix next season is to sell him and bring him back on loan.

Vieira said: "We sit down with players and they say "president, I can earn €5 million, president, do not make me stay here. Joao Felix had a release clause of €60 million and we realised after two or three games that we must increase it to €120 million. 

"But it is Joao Felix and his family who will decide if he stays."

"If someone bids €120 million it is not worth dreaming that he will stay. We are trying everything to ensure he stays. But the only way is if we sell him and keep him another year. If not, Joao leaves. There is no room to negotiate further. He doesn't want to."