Standard Sport understands that Atlético Madrid have put a price of 86 million pounds sterling (100 million euros) for the 23-year-old striker, who has helped Portugal reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar with style.
Félix appears set to leave the Wanda Metropolitano after his relationship with manager Diego Simeone broke down, with the club’s chief executive Gil Marín saying this week that a January departure was “reasonable” to be expected.
The player also seemed to take a not-so-subtle hint at his club’s manager after registering two assists in Portugal’s scintillating 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland in the round of 16 on Tuesday.
“The way you play here and at the club is different,” he said. “When conditions are favourable, things go better.”
Transfer battle: Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with Joao Félix
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Sources say no firm offers have yet been made for Felix, who is represented by ‘super agent’ Jorge Mendes, but several clubs are interested in a potential transfer and are closely monitoring the situation.
Most interested parties would probably prefer an initial loan move with a purchase option, but they could be charged a hefty loan fee.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Benfica have all been linked with Félix, who left the latter for Atlético in a £113m deal in the summer of 2019, going on to score 33 goals in 129 appearances. in Spain after signing a seven-year contract.
Premier League leaders Arsenal could view the former Porto youth star as a possible replacement for Gabriel Jesus, who could be sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury sustained with Brazil in the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are looking to bolster their attack following Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive and premature end to the second spell at Old Trafford amid renewed ties with the Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.
In the case of Chelsea, they would have to bet on attackers like Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech before betting on a player like Félix.
AC Milan are interested in a loan deal for Ziyech, who has played a huge role in Morocco‘s fairytale trip to the World Cup quarter-finals in January that includes the option of a permanent transfer. .