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Atletico Madrid inks teen for €126 million

AFPMADRID (AFP-Jiji) — Atletico Madrid on Wednesday signed 19-year-old Portuguese striker Joao Felix from Benfica for €126 million ($142 million), the clubs announced.

The fee is a record for a Portuguese club and for Atletico Madrid and makes the teenager one of the five most expensive players in history.

Atletico tweeted a video of the player in the Prado gallery in Madrid contemplating paintings by old masters, with the phrase, “enormous talent,” before he turned and smiled at the camera with the caption: “Welcome Joao Felix, pure talent.”

Felix has reportedly signed a seven-year contract.

Earlier in the day, the club confirmed the signing of Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera from Porto while another midfielder, Rodrigo Hernandez, left Madrid for Manchester City for €70 million.

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