Back in 2019 when Atletico Madrid paid a club record €126 million to sign Joao Felix from Benfica, the expectations were sky-high. The Portuguese teenager was expected to become Kylian Mbappe’s great rival as only a select few knew who Erling Haaland was.
Joao Felix’s spell in Spain has been far from ideal, though. The forward struggled in the 2019/20 season only to be voted Atletico’s best player the year after. However, the rejection of Diego Simeone’s defensive playing style has led to Joao eventually losing his starting spot and being loaned out to Chelsea this winter. The Portugal international did not show his best football in the Premier League, recording 4 goals in 20 appearances. Unwilling to continue at Atletico, Joao Felix’s transfer odds have been going up, although real interest in him has been scarce.
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Paris Saint-Germain currently top Joao Felix’s next club odds, although continuing in the Premier League is also seen as an option. Nevertheless, club president Enrique Cerezo has claimed the club is ready to keep the 23-year-old despite the player being spotted training with the youth squad last week, so an Atletico stay is also on the cards.
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Rumour has it that Joao Felix is keen on joining the Parisians and was even offered to the club by his agent. Besides the opportunity to feature in the Champions League, the Portuguese forward is motivated to work under the guide of newly-appointed coach Luis Enrique and, for the first time since leaving Benfica, play an attacking brand of football.
On the club’s side, PSG are in no hurry to sign Joao Felix. The Ligue 1 champions may need reinforcements in attack if Kylian Mbappe or Neymar leave, but that is yet to happen. Thus, the move appears to be on hold for now.
Aston Villa has been gaining ground when it comes to Joao Felix’s next club odds as they appear to be the only ones with an active interest in the 23-year-old. The Villans will be playing European football this season and undoubtedly need a larger squad to fight on two fronts. The Atletico misfit would be the perfect signing as he has both Premier League and European experience; coach Unai Emery should also be familiar with the player after coaching against him in La Liga, too.
The question is whether Joao Felix is willing to settle for a club that, at best, will be fighting to finish in the top 6 while also playing in the UEFA Conference League, the least prestigious European competition.
Manchester United, as per reports, have sounded Joao Felix over a potential summer move as they need a centre-forward to compete with Anthony Martial next season. The Portuguese would fit Erik Ten Hag’s team quite nicely thanks to his good passing and creative spirit.
The Red Devils are back in the Champions League and are expected to be one of the title contenders this season, which should be enough to convince the ambitious Joao Felix. For now, though, Man United seem to be pursuing other targets like Victor Osimhen who is a more traditional no.9.
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Over the past year, Saudi Arabia has brought over the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and others. However, those are players entering the dawn of their careers and looking for a final payday. Joao Felix, on the other hand, has his best years still ahead of him – nobody doubts his talent.
Surely, there will be a Saudi Pro League club ready to offer the 23-year-old a salary that even would put even PSG out of the race. But is the Portuguese willing to say goodbye to top football this early?
Newcastle United will, too, be playing on two fronts this season after qualifying for the Champions League for the first time since 2003/04. The Magpies need signings in all lines, including the attack, and Joao Felix’s arrival would be nothing short of a premium transfer.
Atletico would accept a loan deal in the hope that the 23-year-old’s price goes up after a successful season abroad, reports say, and such a deal would benefit all parties involved. Newcastle get a forward cable of taking Eddie Howe’s team to another level, Atletico get to write off the player’s wages, and Joao Felix gets the chance to prove himself to the world while playing Champions League and Premier League football.