Manchester United report: Sensational £113m bid made for Joao Felix, with the Atletico Madrid star wanting move

Manchester United have already made their move on Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix, with the Portuguese forward having fallen out with Diego Simeone

Posted Monday, October 17, 2022 by

Manchester United report: Sensational £113m bid made for Joao Felix, with the Atletico Madrid star wanting move

Manchester United are leading the race to sign Atletico Madrid's wantaway star Joao Felix – and have already lodged a transfer bid.

Felix became one of the most expensive players of all time when he joined Atleti in 2019, joining for a reported £115 million from Benfica to replace Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann has since returned back to the Wanda Metropolitano though, with Felix struggling to find consistent output to the level of what he displayed in Portugal and rumours that he doesn't see eye to eye with manager Diego Simeone.

The 22-year-old has been linked with big-money moves across Europe and doesn't particularly suit the Colchoneros' style of play. Now, Erik ten Hag might be able to offer an escape route.

Spanish outlet A Bola(opens in new tab) says Felix and his manager have a relationship "beyond repair" following 11 matches this season with the starlet scoring. However, the forward is still under contract until 2026, so it'll take a big fee to sign him.

The Manchester Evening News(opens in new tab) says that United were in the running to sign Felix in the summer and even made a £113m bid for the star. This was likely before Antony was signed from Ajax.

With Felix looking to leave Spain this January, the Red Devils could well be in the mix once more with their striker conundrum still not fixed.

Atletico Madrid were interested in Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer but faced staunch opposition to the potential signing from their own fanbase.

United could well use Felix up front or on the left of the midfield, while the Portuguese is capable as a No.10 behind a striker in Bruno Fernandes' role. Arsenal and Liverpool have previously both been interested in the player.

The 22-year-old is valued at £63m by Transfermarkt.

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney believes that Ronaldo will get his chance under Erik ten Hag, despite the Dutchman not handing him a Premier League start since the second weekend of the campaign.

One of Ronaldo's fellow United forwards had come in for criticism from an ex-Red Devils star, though: Paul Scholes has labelled £82m summer arrival Antony "a one-trick pony".

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has been linked with a sensational move to Barcelona next summer, with the Catalan giants said to have already agreed a deal for the England international.

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