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Atletico set Joao Felix price tag amid interest from around Europe in Portugal star

The Portuguese attacker has been in fine form at the World Cup, and could prompt a bidding war

Spanish giants Atletico Madrid have revealed the two ways that Joao Felix will be able to leave the club this January as his performances at the World Cup continue to catch the eye of Europe’s elite.

Felix, signed for 126m euros in 2019, has struggled to work in Diego Simeone’s stifling system at the Wanda Metropolitano, and it has led to the fracturing of the relationship between the pair. When the Rojablanco needed a goal to remain in the Champions League, Felix was left on the bench in favour of a midfielder.

For Portugal, however, Felix shines. So far this tournament, the 23-year-old has racked up two assists and a goal in three outings, and is a key part of Fernando Santos’ side. It has led to interest being renewed in the forward, and Atletico are reportedly ready to cash in this January as they battle financial problems.

As per Goal, there is a chance that Felix could leave this January, but only for a fee of 100m euros. Alternatively, they would also accept a loan move, provided that there was a permanent clause to the same amount written in as an obligation at the end of it.

Their aim, they add, is to sell to the Premier League, where there tends to be more money available and where Felix himself is keen to play one day. To that end, Arsenal have been credited with an interest in the forward, with the Gunners on the hunt for a replacement for the injured Gabriel Jesus and keen to strengthen their frontline. Able to play both through the middle and out wide, Felix would provide cover for plenty of their front three.

Alternatively, both Manchester United and Chelsea have also been credited with interest in the starlet, while Aston Villa have also been mentioned, though whether Felix would be keen to make such a step down is unclear.


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Ben Browning

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