According to reports, Joao Felix is wanted by three major clubs in the January transfer window, including Manchester United, and Atletico Madrid is eager to cash in. As a result, they have drastically reduced their asking price.
The 23-year-old forward arrived in the Spanish capital from Benfica for €126 million (£108 million), but he hasn’t quite lived up to that price tag.
Felix had a strong start to the most recent campaign but struggled to fit in with Diego Simeone’s methods as the World Cup drew near. Felix is a Portugal international.
Atletico considered offloading their record signing during the summer transfer window, but they were adamant they would only do so if they were offered an amount equal to what they paid for him three and a half years prior.
Atletico now wants to part ways with Felix in the January transfer window, according to the Spanish newspaper AS.
Felix and his agent, Jorge Mendes, are actively looking for a new club as the relationship between the forward and manager Simeone is said to be “broken.”
Atletico is willing to cut their losses and has decreased their asking price, with a total package worth €100 million (£86 million) being sufficient to close a deal.
To reach that sum, the Spanish team is willing to accept a package that includes a sizeable sum in bonuses and add-ons, and Mendes has been disclosing the price to interested clubs.
Manchester United is among the teams that are most keen on acquiring Felix, along with Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.
Although a deal around £86 million would be significantly more agreeable, the Red Devils looked into a possible deal in the summer but balked at Atletico’s asking price.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract expiration, United will be in the market for a new forward starting in the following month. Erik ten Hag’s only other senior options are Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
They are willing to spend a lot of the ideal player becomes available, and Felix would undoubtedly meet many criteria.
However, they have a lot of competition, especially from PSG, whose Portuguese sporting director, Luis Campos, has already spoken to Felix’s fellow countryman about a potential transfer to the Parisians.