Now Manchester United are linked with Atletico’s Joao Felix – with club officials reportedly flying for talks with his agent in their never-ending quest for new signings
- Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is eager to add to his squad this summer
- The Red Devils are looking to bolster their attack for the 2022-2023 campaign
- Reports suggest Old Trafford chiefs have identified Joao Felix as the latest target
- But Atletico are reluctant to let go of the 22-year-old as he is a ‘franchise player’
Manchester United have been linked with yet another top European star in their miserable quest for reinforcements this summer, with Atletico’s Joao Felix the latest to be touted as an Old Trafford target.
The Red Devils are looking to bolster their attack for the 2022-2023 campaign after Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his desire to leave this summer.
And now Ten Hag has reportedly identified Felix as a potential target, but Atletico are reluctant to let go of the 22-year-old as they see him as a ‘franchise player’.
Manchester United have reportedly turned attention to Joao Felix in their search for signings
United are looking to bolster their attack after Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his desire to leave
According to Marca, United sent several representatives to Atletico on Tuesday evening to discuss a potential deal with Felix’s entourage.
However, officials from the Spanish side informed United that they had no intentions of selling their star forward during the summer transfer window.
The club explained how they had no plans to part ways with their ‘franchise’ players during the 2022-2023 campaign.
Ten Hag sent several representatives to Atletico on Tuesday to discuss a deal with Felix
Atletico are reluctant to let go of the 22-year-old as they view him as a ‘franchise player’
Felix joined Atletico from Benfica in 2019 for £113 million. He took a while to find his groove with Diego Simeone’s side but began to settle soon after penning a seven-year.
During the 2021-2022 season, Felix scored 10 goals in 35 appearances, matching the same goal tally from the previous campaign.
Alvaro Morata heaped praise on Felix and explained how he loved playing alongside his team-mate at Atletico.
‘The truth is that Joao has a special talent, that last pass. Although also Correa, Lemar, Marcos, Koke… the people behind put up great balls and we have to keep working and run into space,’ he told reporters.
Alvaro Morata heaped praise on Felix and said how he loved playing alongside his teammate
‘I really want to play here, work, play games, there are many competitions and I’m very excited for this season, but not always here.
‘They have always treated me very well and I still have to work and give everything for the team. There will be times when it goes better, others worse, but it won’t be for lack of work.’
While Felix said he had no intention of leaving Atletico this summer and that he was ‘focused’ on his future with the LaLiga giants.
United are also interested in Casemiro – but Real Madrid have no interest in selling the star
‘A departure from Atletico is not on the table,’ Felix told Marca. I’m fine and focused on Atletico. I’m calm about the future, aware of what I can do and I’m fine with myself.’
Manchester United are also interested in Casemiro – but Real Madrid have no interest in selling the 30-year-old star who helped them win five Champions League titles.
As it stands, Casemiro’s contract with Real runs until 2025. Therefore, United have also registered an interest in Juventus’s Adrien Rabiot – although negotiations have stalled over his salary.