Boss opens up and OFFICIALLY opens door for Arsenal to try and sign £250k-a-week star –
Diego Simeone hinted Joao Felix’s future is out of his hands after the Atletico Madrid forward and Arsenal target scored in last night’s win over Elche.
Felix came through the ranks at Benfica as a teenager and earned a move to Atletico in 2019 after smashing 20 goals in 43 games during his debut season with the Portuguese giants – numbers that alerted all the big clubs in world football
But although he has not produced those kind of numbers at Atletico – he has become a big part of the Spanish side and Felix’s talents have also seen him break into the Portugal team, where he has scored three times in 22 appearances.
He has struggled to make an impact with Spanish giants Madrid and there has been alot of rumors that they are now open to selling the star in the coming windows – should the price be right.
Despite apparently having been deemed surplus to requirements, Felix started against Elche last night and scored his fifth goal of the season – but he was substituted midway through the second period and looked far from happy.
And amid all the speculation – Simeone has handed the likes of Arsenal a boost by admitting that the future of Joao Felix is no longer in his hands: “While he’s here, I’ll try to get the best out of Joao Felix for the club,’ said Simeone when asked about Felix’s future in his post-match press conference.
‘Then we will see what’s gonna happen.’
The claims come after Diego Forlan encouraged the attacker to leave Madrid: “Joao Felix is a very good player, he is young and has a lot of quality,” Forlan told reporters.
“They paid a lot of money for him and he has not been playing as expected, but he is still very young.
“There are reports coming out about the possibility of him leaving Atletico and, if he leaves, he could even increase his performance.
“I believe in that. It happens a lot. It happened, for example, with Philippe Coutinho, who played very little at Inter and when he went to Liverpool he improved a lot.”