A bidding war is set to start between Manchester United and Chelsea regarding the transfer of Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Manchester United and Chelsea are keen to acquire the service of Joao Felix and will flex their muscle in a bid to land the 22-year-old Portuguese international.
Felix’s imminent future at Atletico Madrid is hovering under dark clouds, as the Portuguese international has not really lived up to the expectations. Los Rojiblancos had hoped they would be getting a long-term prospect after spending a whopping nine-figure sum on the player.
But the 22-year-old’s ongoing four-year stint has turned out to be an utter disappointment; and he is yet to open his account this season. The Spanish club’s hierarchy has had enough and wants an amicable solution in January.
Manchester United might be in the market for another attacker and could make an attempt in bringing in one of the most promising youth talents. Atletico Madrid would not be looking to recoup the money they paid to Benfica for his service, and a much lower fee could be agreed upon.
In addition, Cristiano Ronaldo could push for an exit in January in search of UEFA Champions League football. And his countryman could be his potential replacement, thus explaining the interest from Manchester United.
Manchester United are building a young core for the future, and Felix could join the likes of Jadon Sancho and Antony to be a part of an exciting project Erik ten Hag is in charge of.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are also pondering options to strengthen their ranks, and Joao Felix could be an option. They got rid of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner and will be in for another attacking player in January.
A loan with an obligation to buy might suit both parties, and Graham Potter’s exciting attacking style will likely suit Felix’s natural style. Manchester United had seemingly overshot their budget in the summer and are unlikely to go beyond a certain budget, leaving Chelsea a free path to their target.