Man Utd transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo claim made about Benfica starlet Joao Felix

That is the view of ESPN FC pundit and former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol, who has compared the 19-year-old’s potential to move to the one that Cristiano Ronaldo made to Old Trafford.

Felix is one of Europe’s hottest properties and is being linked with a move away from Benfica this summer.

The teenage netted 20 goals in all competitions for the Portuguese side as they lifted the league title ahead of rivals Porto.

Felix’s current contract has a release clause of £105m and the rumours are that somebody may say that in the summer transfer window.

“You don’t want to join a team that’s struggling”

Steve Nicol

However, the former Liverpool defender admits United were in much better shape back then than they are now.

And he says United need to be signing more proven players than Felix this summer.

“This is interesting because he’s kind of in the position that Ronaldo was in when he left to come to Manchester United,” Nicol told ESPN FC.

“The difference is, Ronaldo was joining a team that was already top of the league, vying for Champions Leagues. That’s the kind of team if you were Joao Felix want to join.

“You don’t want to join a team that’s struggling and has to pretty much start rebuilding from the bottom up.

“That’s not going to suit this guy, he’s 19 years old, it would be far too much pressure.

“I don’t see how he goes, I don’t see why United would want him. Right now United need proven, trusted, class players.

“Felix is class but he’s not proven. So, I’m sorry, this is a miss.”

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
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