Manchester United January loan for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix ‘tricky’ due to £18 million demand
A loan move to Manchester United for Joao Felix in the current transfer window looks ‘tricky’ due to Atletico Madrid demanding a fee close to £18 million, according to The Athletic (Subscription Required) [h/t Express].
Los Rojiblancos want the aforementioned amount to part ways with the Portugal international in January. As a result, a deal for the forward hangs in the balance at the moment.
The Red Devils were linked with a move for the 23-year-old in the summer of 2022. However, the La Liga outfit rejected a £120 million bid from the Old Trafford side.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now left the club. The 37-year-old untimely exit from United has dwindled our options up front. Anthony Martial is now the only natural striker in the squad.
Thus, Erik ten Hag is keen on adding reinforcements to the attack. The Dutch manager wants to bring in a new forward to bolster the squad.
United have counted on Marcus Rashford on several occasions this season to lead the line due to the former AS Monaco star’s injury issues. The 25-year-old has done well and is the club’s leading goalscorer for this campaign.
Felix joined Atletico in the summer of 2019. However, the youngster has flattered to deceive in the Spanish capital. As a result, the forward has gone down in Diego Simeone’s pecking order.
However, the 23-year-old showed a glimpse of his talent at the 2022 World Cup. The former Benfica star was a key player for Fernando Santos’ team in Qatar as they reached the quarter-finals of the prestigious tournament.
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While Felix is a talented forward, United seemingly need an out-and-out number nine. Considering the fact that the La Liga outfit are demanding a lot for the Portuguese, it would be wise for us to look at other options.