“João Félix is the biggest risk that this club has taken in its history” – Atlético boss Miguel Ángel Gil Marín (60) in early December in an interview with the Spanish broadcaster “TVE”.
Atlético offensive star João Félix (23) moved from Benfica to Madrid in 2019 for 127.2 million euros. At that time he was considered a great hope for the future of “Los Colchoneros”. Also because of a rift with coach Diego Simeone (52) there is now a risk of saying goodbye to the mega bet.
After Félix was a regular at Atlético in his first three years and kept flashing his class (130 games, 34 goals, 18 assists), the collaboration has long since become an expensive misunderstanding. Félix has only started six league games this season, seven times as a joker and once he even spent 90 minutes on the bench.
According to a report in the Spanish newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”, the club is currently planning two future scenarios for the Portuguese international.
▶ Scenario 1: A transfer in the order of 140 million euros. At the moment, however, there is no one who would put such a sum on the table for Félix.
▶ Scenario 2: A loan – with or without an option to buy – for the second half of the season. However, only under certain conditions. The most important is a rental fee of ten million euros. In addition, there is the player’s full salary, i.e. another eight million. Accordingly, the full sum would be 18 million euros. Phew…
According to information from “The Telegraph”, Premier League club Arsenal London are said to be interested in a Félix loan. But it looks like those responsible still shy away from the required rental fee. So they’re not the only ones. Manchester United would also like to offer the Portuguese a job. But even they hesitate to pay the full amount.
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It is questionable how long Atlético will hold on to the high demands if no buyers are found. Because the prospects for both parties are currently not particularly rosy. Félix’s irregular playing times are also due to a dispute with coach Diego Simeone.
Club boss Gil Marin confirmed rumors that had been simmering for a long time in early December: “I think he has the highest level in the world, but for reasons I don’t want to go into detail now, the relationship between Simeone and him is not good – and his Motivation not the best.”
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