Portuguese sensation Joao Felix, who has been a top priority for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, is being considered for sale by reigning La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in the next window, according to reports. summer, says The Mirror.
Felix, 22, failed to live up to expectations and as a result found himself on the sidelines, missing much of the season, although injuries played a crucial role in his absence. Reaching the ball twice and assisting once in 12 appearances for Diego Simeone just doesn’t justify the whopping £113m price Atletico paid Benfica in 2019 to secure the player’s services who was seen as the next big thing in Portuguese football.
Moreover, the system used by Simeone is not suited to Felix’s style of play who would thrive in attacking setups.
However, the Portuguese newspaper O Jogo [via Sport Witness] claims a move for the striker could be in the works, but it would be ‘a process that should only evolve at the end of this season’. The report further adds that Atletico may be willing to sell the striker to raise the necessary funds to sign Benfica star Darwin Nunez.
Manchester City have yet to be able to fill the void left by Aguero’s departure to Barcelona in the previous summer window. The reigning Premier League champions have been constantly linked with Erling Haaland, Dusan Vlahovic, Joao Felix, Mikel Oyarzabal and Patrik Schick. However, with the Borussia Dortmund forward standing head and shoulders above the rest, at least by his stats, it means City could go all out for the Norwegian.
With Haaland yet to decide on his future amid speculation he would prefer a move to Spain, it’s fair to admit that signing the 21-year-old is going to be a lot more complicated than it looks. City boss Guardiola is believed to be a keen admirer of Felix and the Portuguese star may be the solution to Skyblues’ problems in the final third.
Felix can play a perfect fiddle for Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez in the attacking third with his pace, acrobatics and finishing ability coming into play. Ferran Torres’ departure to Barcelona limits Guardiola to a handful of players in the final frontier and it may be a deciding factor in propelling City to push for the Atletico Madrid striker.
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