There’s some big news coming out of Spain and it’s related to Arsenal and a potential move for Portuguese forward Joao Felix.
Spanish football expert Fernando Kallas was speaking on Sky Sports News earlier today and confirmed that Felix no longer wants to stay at Atletico Madrid.
There has been a tonne of speculation about Joao Felix over the past few weeks with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all linked to a loan move for the forward. And now Kallas has provided some more details.
Sky Sports News presenters mentioned that Arsenal are strongly linked to Felix and apparently the loan fee is the sticking point to which Kallas replied, “Jorge Mendes has spent the entire night trying to negotiate because Felix doesn’t want to play in Madrid anymore.
“The relationship between him and Simeone is broken. There is this exodus of Atletico Madrid players that just want to get out of Simeone’s control.
“The thing is, Atletico Madrid paid a lot of money for him [Felix] so they want something in return. So we are talking about probably €15m until the end of the season, for six months, – so it’s a lot of money.”
The news that Mendes spent the entire evening negotiating with the likes of Arsenal seems to show that there’s no way back for Felix. Kallas mentioned further that there’s a toxic environment at Atletico right now and they’d need to get rid of their finesse players to improve that situation.
Felix is definitely a finesse player and he hasn’t always found a home for himself at Atletico. With the revelation that he doesn’t want to be there anymore, and with the Gunners needing attacking reinforcements, it could still be possible that we will see Felix at the Emirates soon.