Manchester City are among the clubs in contention to sign wantaway Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.
According to Fichajes, Atletico Madrid could be on the verge of losing Joao Felix, who is apparently unhappy with Diego Simeone. He wants to leave the club in an attempt to revive his career, putting multiple top clubs across Europe on red alert.
Manchester City are among the clubs in contention to sign the Portuguese forward, who has been a part of the Atletico side since 2019. He had joined the club for a staggering €126 million, making him one of the most expensive players in footballing history, alongside the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Felix, though, has struggled to live up to his price tag, mainly due to Simeone’s tactical philosophy that offers him very little freedom to play his natural game. It has resulted in a lack of substantial performances from the forward, who has netted only twenty goals in 88 competitive appearances for the club.
The 22-year-old’s fall from grace has cost him his place in Atletico’s senior side. He has started only three league matches this term, falling behind the likes of Thomas Lemar, Yannick Carrasco, Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann and even Matheus Cunha in the pecking order.
Felix is now keen on putting an end to his misery at Atletico by sealing an exit as soon as possible. It won’t be surprising to see the Portuguese international trying to force a move in January, especially with Manchester City waiting in the wings.
It is no secret that the reigning English champions are in the market for a new striker after losing Sergio Aguero in the summer. They have been already linked with a swoop for Dusan Vlahovic this season, while Pep Guardiola will most certainly enter the market for Erling Haaland next season.
However, the Catalan tactician may rethink his preference should Felix be available in January. The Manchester City manager is thought to be a huge admirer of the Portuguese international due to his technical and dribbling abilities, coupled with his quick feet that channels the style of a certain Lionel Messi.
As such, the Atleti forward could prove to be an ideal target for Manchester City in January, especially amid uncertainties surrounding the future of Ferran Torres, who has been linked with a move to FC Barcelona lately.