Man United turned down chance to sign No.7 forward this summer

Red Devils discussed the possibility of signing Joao Felix many times but reportedly opted not to sign the teenager because of concerns over his lack of physicality. Portugal international has quickly marked himself out as a star of the future, scoring 15 goals and laying on nine assists for Benfica last campaign before moving to Atletico Madrid.

Joao didn’t come cheap though, with the Los Rojiblancos forced to pay his £113m release clause, making him the fifth most expensive transfer ever, and second most expensive youngster. A host of European clubs had been linked with Felix before he made a move to La Liga giants, including the likes of Bayern, Real Madrid and Red Devils.

The 19-year-old attacker’s transfer was discussed ‘many times’ by Man United chiefs before his mega-money move to the Spanish club, but they had a few reservations about him. The primary concern was that the Portuguese star lacked the physicality required to cope with the pace and power of the Premier League.

There was also a feeling that Joao might not be able to sustain his electric Benfica form, he only has two goals, and an assist in eight La Liga starts this campaign. The last thing Red Devils wanted to do was break their transfer record for an attacker who was a one-season wonder, and they wanted greater security that he could maintain a consistent level.

Somewhat amusingly, there was also a feeling at Red Devils that Alexis Sanchez could still come good, with the Chilean star often lighting it up in training despite not performing on the pitch.