2) JOAO FELIX
The 21-year-old was tipped to be the next big thing in Portuguese football when Atletico Madrid signed him for a record £113 million in 2019. Three years down the lane Felix is struggling to find the back of the net on a consistent basis. The prospect does not seem to fit into Diego Simeone’s system.
The Portuguese striker is known for his pace, agility, finishing, creativity, dribbling, and acrobatic abilities. His versatility to play as a winger or attacking midfielder hasn’t been able to pay dividends in a defensive Atletico lineup where goals have been hard to come by for Felix.
The player is said to be planning for his future away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
The 20-year-old has scored 25 goals and 11 assists in 95 appearances across competitions which simply doesn’t justify his price tag. Amid speculations that Atletico could be willing to sell the Portuguese international to raise the funds required to acquire the services of their top priority Benfica striker Darwin Nunez, Manchester City could be the tailor-made destination for Joao Felix.
Given his attacking instincts, the former Benfica striker could fit the bill perfectly for Pep Guardiola. Felix could complement the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, and Gabriel Jesus in the attacking third, which could line up to become a potent attacking frontier.
Manchester City could be the place where Felix could get his wings back under Pep Guardiola who prefers a high press and attacking style of play.