Manchester United Passed on Opportunity to Sign João Félix Before His Loan Move to Barcelona
According to former Atlético Madrid winger Paulo Futre, Manchester United had the chance to sign João Félix from Atlético Madrid before the Portuguese forward completed a loan move to Barcelona on deadline day.
During an interview with Cadena Ser’s El Larguero, Future revealed that it was João Félix’s agent, Jorge Mendes, who informed him about the talks with Manchester United.
Future, who has a strong relationship with Mendes, was not pleased with the agent after Félix publicly expressed his desire to join Barcelona back in July.
Futre mentioned that Mendes assured him he had no role in Félix’s comments about Barcelona and that he tried to place the player at other clubs, including Manchester United.
According to Futre, Mendes had discussions with both Manchester United and Manchester City, but neither Premier League club showed interest in the deal.
Futre also noted that Félix’s desire to play for Barcelona caused him considerable distress, and he questioned why other top clubs, such as Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool, did not pursue the talented player.
Aston Villa was the only club that expressed interest, but Félix declined their offer, despite an earlier agreement between Atlético Madrid and the club in July.
João Félix spent the second half of the previous season on loan at Chelsea, where he scored four goals in 20 games. Since joining Barcelona, he has made an impressive start, with three goals and two assists in four games.