According to reports, Portuguese sensation Joao Felix who has been one of the top priorities for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is being considered for sale by reigning La-Liga Champions Atletico Madrid in the upcoming summer window, claims The Mirror.
Felix, 22, hasn’t been able to live up to his expectation and as a result found himself on the sidelines, missing a major chunk of the season albeit injuries have played a crucial role in his absence. Netting the ball twice and assisting once in 12 appearances in Diego Simeone’s side just doesn’t justify the enormous £113 million price tag Atletico paid to Benfica in 2019 to secure the services of the player who was considered the next big thing in Portuguese football.
Moreover, the system that Simeone employs is unsuitable for Felix’s style of play who would thrive in attacking set-ups.
However, Portuguese newspaper O Jogo [via Sport Witness] claims a move for the striker could be on, but it would be “a process that should evolve only at the end of this season”. The report further adds that Atletico could be willing to sell the striker to raise the funds required to sign Benfica star Darwin Nunez.
Manchester City hasn’t been able to fill the void left by Aguero’s departure to Barcelona in the previous summer window just yet. The defending Premier League champions have been constantly linked with the likes of Erling Haaland, Dusan Vlahovic, Joao Felix, Mikel Oyarzabal, and Patrik Schick. However, with the Borussia Dortmund striker being head and shoulders above the rest at least by his stats means that City could be going all out for the Norwegian.
With Haaland yet to decide on his future amid speculations of him preferring a move to Spain, it is fair to admit that signing the 21-year-old is going to be much more complicated than it seems. City boss Guardiola is believed to be a keen admirer of Felix and the Portuguese star can be the solution for the Skyblues’ problems in the final third.
Felix can play a perfect fiddle for the likes of Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Riyad Mahrez in the attacking third with his pace, acrobatics, and finishing ability coming into play. The departure of Ferran Torres to Barcelona restricts Guardiola to a handful of players in the final frontier and that may be a decisive factor in propelling City to push for the Atletico Madrid striker.
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