Joao Felix 'wants to leave' Atletico Madrid and Manchester United should move

Manchester United have a tricky task ahead working out how to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. One very interesting scenario could be presenting itself.

Spanish newspaper AS report Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix is keen to leave the Spanish club.

United were linked with a move for Joao Felix in the summer, with AS claiming Manchester United made an offer to sign him which was flatly refused.

Now a change of fortunes which has seen Atletico crash out of the Champions League, bottom of their group, is behind Felix’s desire to leave.

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Joao Felix ‘wants to leave’

AS reports Joao Felix is keen on leaving Atletico Madrid, and could even push through a loan move in January.

The report states: “The player has already said that he wants to leave. He is disappointed with Simeone and knows that he has lost his status as an important player in the team. He doesn’t seem to want to put up with his situation any longer.”

Felix scored against Manchester United in the Champions League last season and also struck a winner against Erik ten Hag’s side in pre-season.

The 23-year-old has only been selected to start five La Liga games this season, playing seven from the bench, scoring three goals and providing three assists.

He is currently at the World Cup with Portugal, and is represented by Jorge Mendes, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent.

The swift way United were able to amicably terminate Ronaldo’s contract shows relations with Mendes have not been damaged by the recent situation.

Felix would be eligible to play for United in the Europa League this season if he made the move to United.

Transfer speculation surrounding Felix has always involved figures upwards of £100 million; Atletico signed him for £113 million in summer 2019 from Benfica.

United would far rather find a cheaper solution – but if a loan deal is on the table, this might be the ideal ‘try before you buy’ for the Red Devils to get the forward in until the end of the season.

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