Erik ten Hag is not content with Manchester United only acquiring one forward this summer, as the club remain in talks for Rasmus Hojlund.
According to Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag’s preference this window is for a second attacker to be signed at Old Trafford following the potential Hojlund deal.
It is also said that the Dutchman wants an out-and-out striker along with someone who can play across the front three.
So with Hojlund ticking the box of natural striker, options need to be considered for the versatile forward who can fill multiple gaps.
Why United should consider bringing Joao Felix to the club
Ten Hag and United had originally targeted Joao Felix in January prior to the arrival of Wout Weghorst. Given he fits the bill of what is wanted from the second attacker, they could return for him this summer.
This possibility has been considered a few times already over the past few months with talkSPORT claiming in April that United were ‘plotting’ a summer move.
The public perception of Felix has diminished significantly over the past year. The Portuguese star fell out of favour at Atletico Madrid prompting a move to Chelsea on loan in January.
While that move was a disaster, that is likely more to do with the fact Chelsea were a mess. On return to Madrid, Felix has lost his number 7 shirt and appears likely to leave again.
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Felix is still an incredible talent, and still has that ceiling that could see him become world-class with the right tutelage. The 23-year-old was once heralded by Cristiano Ronaldo as an ‘extraordinary’ player with huge potential.
His versatility and the fact he would likely thrive in a system like we have at United, along with the fact Atletico are desperate to get rid makes it a no brainer. Felix belongs at the Theatre of Dreams.