Arsenal target Joao Felix will cost a 'massive fee' - journalist
The Portugal international, branded as a ‘world-class’ player, had a fine World Cup in Qatar. He scored a goal and provided two assists in 334 minutes of football, and he’s now set to leave Diego Simeone’s side in one of the next two transfer windows.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move to sign Felix, but he may just be too expensive.
Journalist says Arsenal target Joao Felix will cost a ‘massive fee’
Earlier this month, Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin publicly admitted that the club will look into selling Felix in January.
He said, as quoted by The Athletic: “For reasons it isn’t worth getting into – the relationship between him and the boss (Simeone), the minutes played, his motivation right now – it makes you think that the reasonable thing is that if there’s an option that’s good for the player, good for the club, we can look at it. I’d love him to stay personally, but I don’t think that’s the player’s idea.”
Felix has been linked with a number of clubs since, including Arsenal, who could do with a new forward following Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury that’s set to keep him out of action for three months.
A report from Marca even claimed that the Gunners are leading the race to sign him. However, Taylor believes that rumour is wide off the mark because Atleti are looking for a ‘massive fee’.
Speaking about reports claiming Arsenal are favourites to sign Felix, the journalist told GiveMeSport: “It’s not true, I don’t think anyway, to my understanding.
“Joao Felix is a player that is obviously widely admired by a lot of clubs. You only have to look at his performance against Switzerland to see why – obviously still young as well.
“The reason I say Arsenal are not favourites is because although Atletico want to sell, which has been made clear by their CEO, they’re going to be looking for a massive fee for Felix.”
It’s understandable why Atletico Madrid would want massive money for Felix.
The Spanish giants paid an eye-watering £113 million to sign the Portuguese forward in 2019 (BBC). He was viewed as the next big thing in world football then, but things just haven’t worked out.
However, Felix is still only 23 years old. He showed at the World Cup that he’s capable of performing at the highest level, and the fact that he still has over three-and-a-half years left on his contract puts Atleti in a strong position.
Arsenal only need a temporary replacement for Jesus as the Brazilian will come straight back into the side once he’s fit. That makes it unlikely that the Gunners will break the bank for someone like Felix next month.