Diego Simeone drops hint on future of Man United transfer target Joao Felix
Diego Simeone drops hint on future of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United transfer target Joao Felix.
After the Atletico Madrid forward scored in Friday night’s victory over Elche, Diego Simeone made a subtle suggestion that Joao Felix’s future is out of his control.
When the 23-year-old joined the Spanish club from Benfica in a record £113 million move three years ago, he was hailed as the “next Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Felix, a versatile forward, has only sometimes displayed his full ability under Simeone, and their relationship has frequently been tense due to Felix’s disinterest in his manager’s style of game.
All three of the Premier League’s powerhouses, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United, have been linked with a move for Felix in January as they look to bolster their respective attack lines.
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Felix is understood to be available on a six-month loan deal that would set any interested party back £8million.
Arsenal and Chelsea have already embarked on an initial discussion with the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, but both are reluctant to pay such a hefty fee for a short-term loan.
Despite apparently having been deemed surplus to requirements, Felix started against Elche last night and scored his fifth goal of the season.
Felix, who starred at the World Cup for Portugal, was substituted midway through the second period and looked far from happy.
“While he’s here, I’ll try to get the best out of Joao Felix for the club,’ said Simeone when asked about Felix’s future in his post-match press conference.
‘Then we will see what’s gonna happen.’