Man Utd transfer boost as Atletico Madrid confirm Joao Felix is up for sale and wants to quit after fallout with Simeone | The Sun
JOAO FELIX is likely to leave Atletico Madrid in the near future, the club's owner Gil Marin has admitted.
The attacker has sparkled for Portugal during the World Cup, but has had less joy for his club this season.
Reports earlier this month suggested that Felix's relationship with boss Diego Simeone has broken down – with Manchester United among his most likely suitors.
Opening up on the situation to Spanish broadcaster TVE, Atleti chief Marin said: "The relationship between the coach and him is not good, nor is his motivation.
"The most reasonable thing is to think about his departure, although I would love him to stay. But it is not his will."
After playing a starring role in Portugal's 6-1 demolition of Switzerland last night, Felix took a swipe at Simeone's tactics.
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He said: "The way of playing with Portugal and then at the club is different.
"When the conditions are favourable, things go better."
Man United are set to be in the market for a forward in January, after axing Felix's Portugal team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 23-year-old joined Atletico from Benfica in 2019 for £113million, replacing Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann.
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He has since made 129 appearances, scoring 33 goals and laying on 18 assists.
Felix has only started five of Atletico's 14 LaLiga matches this season, finding himself out of favour with Simeone.
The nifty attacker didn't score in his first TEN league appearances of the season – but did manage three goals in his final two outings before the World Cup.
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