'Going to hear more': Newcastle United are in the race to sign 'world-class' £113m player now - journalist
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'Going to hear more': Newcastle United are in the race to sign 'world-class' £113m player now - journalist

Journalist Ben Jacobs has suggested to The Football Terrace that Newcastle United are in the race to sign Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix now. 

Newcastle headed into the World Cup as one of the most in-form sides in the Premier League and haven’t tasted defeat since August. 

Eddie Howe’s men are flying high in third place and will be aiming to maintain their surprise assault on the top-four. 

The Magpies will be eager to bolster their squad in January to ensure they can keep pace with the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United. 

Now, it’s been suggested that they could be looking to bolster Howe’s attacking options by signing the ‘world-class’ Felix

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Newcastle in the race to sign Felix 

CBS Sports’ Jacobs has been speaking about Felix’s situation with Atletico amid recent links to Arsenal. 

The journalist claims that it’s ‘very possible’ The Gunners could move for the 23-year-old but they could face a huge stumbling block in Atletico’s valuation of the player.

Jacobs says Paris Saint-Germain are leading the race at this moment in time but mentioned Newcastle as a possible destination for the Portuguese star. 

“I’m just going to give you one name as well, without explanation,” he said. 

“I’m just putting it there on the radar because I think we’re going to hear more about Joao Felix – Newcastle United.” 

The La Liga outfit paid a huge fee worth £113 million to sign Felix from Benfica in 2019 (BBC). 

The youngster was seen as one of the most promising prospects in world football at the time but things just haven’t worked out for him under Diego Simeone. 

CEO of Atletico, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, recently confirmed that the player wants to leave. 

“Signing him was the biggest bet the club has made in its history,” he said. 

“I think he is a top world-class player, but because of the relationship with the coach, his playing time, his motivation… it’d be reasonable to analyse an option for him to depart if one arrives.

“It’s reasonable to think that he might leave, although I’d love him to stay. But that’s not the player’s plan.”

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Felix is coming off the back of an impressive World Cup campaign with Portugal and he looked like a real bright spark for Fernando Santos’ men, despite their shock last-16 exit at the hands of Morocco. 

Newcastle have been smart in terms of their dealings in the market ever since last year’s takeover. The Magpies did splash a club record £60 million on Alexander Isak but have mainly made astute signings. 

Felix would certainly be a risk for Newcastle but there’s no denying that he is an extremely talented player. But with Atletico set to demand a huge fee for their star, it remains unclear whether Howe’s men would be willing to push the boat out for what would be a marquee signing.

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