Diego Simeone says Arsenal target Joao Felix could stay at Atletico
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Diego Simeone says Arsenal target Joao Felix could stay at Atletico

Diego Simeone has hinted that Joao Felix could stay at Atletico Madrid beyond the January transfer window, claiming – in comments reported by Marca – that the Arsenal target is very important to his side after his World Cup showing.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the forward of late. He has had a difficult time since moving to the Spanish capital. And with that, he has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

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Recent reports from 90min claimed that Atletico want £100 million for the 23-year-old. Meanwhile, Sport suggested that it is the Gunners who lead the race to sign the Portuguese.

Diego Simeone says Arsenal target Joao Felix is very important

Felix returns to Atletico having impressed for Portugal at the World Cup. He scored once and provided two assists for his country in his four appearances.

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Some may be thinking that Atletico would welcome the heightened interest. But it seems that Simeone is preparing to carry on with the youngster in his ranks as he was asked about his situation.

“Joao is very important,” he said, as reported by Marca. “He had a good World Cup, he had a participation in goals. Hopefully we can have Joao from the World Cup, he can represent him with the team. I hope we give him the serenity and joy to show what he taught at the World Cup that was very good.”

Atletico currently have quite a small squad. And they are about to lose Matheus Cunha, with Simeone confirming that he is set to leave the Spanish capital.

So Felix leaving also may not be ideal, as things stand. Having said that, a significant offer may change their stance.

He has not had a positive spell with Atleti. So a substantial offer may seem too good to turn down.

Arsenal appear to be on the lookout for another attacking player. And Felix has that ability to play in a number of roles across the forward line.

Simeone may simply be aware that Atletico receiving an offer they are happy with is unlikely. And criticising him may not help their chances of attracting that huge bid.

But the transfer window deadline is a long way away. So it would be no surprise if Simeone’s comments ultimately counted for little by the end of January.

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