Joao Felix looks to be on the verge of a move to Barcelona, but there could be an opportunity for Arsenal to hijack the deal.
As reported by Fabrizio Romano, writing on his Twitter page, Joao Felix has stated that his preferred move this summer would be to Barcelona. Atletico Madrid need to get Felix’s wages off their books, however, they are less than impressed with the attacker’s public display of affection for their La Liga rivals, as reported by ESPN.
Atletico Madrid’s anger may therefore mean they have a renewed determination to ensure Felix doesn’t end up at the Camp Nou, which could open the door for Arsenal to successfully revive their interest in the Portuguese ace.
The Gunners tried to sign Felix in January, before the 23-year-old ended up joining Chelsea on loan.
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Felix would still be a great fit for Mikel Arteta’s side. The player had a mixed time of things at Stamford Bridge, but the Spanish coach will back himself to get the best out of the 31-cap Portugal international.
What’s more, if Felix is available on loan, signing the versatile forward could be a cost-effective means of providing back up and competition for all of the attackers currently on the books at the Emirates Stadium. Having already spent over £200 million on Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Jurrien Timber, a cost-effective option may well be exactly what’s required.
Arsenal will have to act fast, as a deal with Barcelona may well be imminent, but it is at least worth the Gunners opening talks with Atletico Madrid to see if there is an agreement to be reached.