Diego Simeone, the manager of Atletico Madrid, has been evasive about Joao Felix’s future despite the Portugal star scoring again for his team.
Joao Felix, who represents Portugal internationally and may leave Atletico Madrid on loan after a challenging few months, has been linked to a January move to Manchester United.
Felix, who joined Atleti in 2019, has been linked with a loan move to the Premier League in January after falling out of favor at his current club.
Potential suitors include Manchester United and Arsenal, with the Spanish club reportedly demanding an £8 million loan fee as part of any transfer.
After missing the World Cup, the Rojiblancos returned to La Liga play on Thursday, and the former Benfica attacker earned a rare start by breaking the score against Elche.
In a 2-0 victory that put Simeone’s squad back into the Champions League positions, Alvaro Morata also scored.
Simeone remarked following the win, “I’ll strive to get the best out of Joao Felix for the club while he’s here. After that, we’ll see what happens.”
Felix has been productive at the club level this season despite playing very few minutes. In La Liga, he has contributed with four goals and three assists.
Although he was granted an hour against Porto in the Champions League, this was his first league start since September against Elche.
With just five points from six games, Atleti finished last in their group and was eliminated from the European competition.
There are still uncertainties over a move for Felix, even if Manchester United are undoubtedly looking for a new forward.
The loss of Cristiano Ronaldo has allowed for some roster space, but the £8 million loan price and the possibility of having to pay the Atleti player’s wages could cause problems.
Cody Gakpo, who signed with Liverpool, was a missed opportunity for the Red Devils, but Alvaro Morata and Memphis Depay are still being connected to the team.
Arsenal is still committed to signing a wide forward, but they may decide to pass on Felix in favor of Mykhaylo Mudryk of Shakhtar Donetsk.
Shakhtar CEO Serhiy Palkin claimed on Thursday that “talks for Mudryk are on,” despite the Ukrainian club apparently having rejected a first offer from Arsenal that was worth €40 million plus up to €25 million in add-ons.
“We get offers, but they’re not always the ones we’d like to have on our table. Yes, we are open to talking about costs and concepts. I’ll speak to Arsenal again.
If both of us agree, then let it happen. Let it be at a later time if we don’t. I shall have a new phone chat with Arsenal over the Mykhaylo Mudryk deal in exactly five minutes from now.”