According to A Bola, a January exit could now be on the horizon for Arsenal and Manchester United target Joao Felix, just days after talk of Kylian Mbappe wanting out of PSG.
The Portuguese news outlet believe Diego Simeone and the £113m forward have completely fallen out at the Wanda Metropolitano, to the point where their relationship is now irreparable.
It comes after Football London revealed that Manchester United had a £110m bid rejected for the Portugal international before the September 1st deadline, with the same outlet claiming that Arsenal admire Felix.
ARSENAL & MANCHESTER UNITED COULD NOW SIGN JOAO FELIX
Well, it seemed impossible to prise Felix away from Atlético Madrid, given the amount Simeone spent on him, as well as the fact he is contracted to the Spanish side until July 2026.
However, there could now be an opening for Arsenal and Manchester United.
A Bola believe the final straw between Felix and Simeone came on Wednesday against Club Brugge, when the Argentine made the 22-year-old warm up several times, before eventually leaving him on the bench with the game ending 0-0.
The situation is said to have dragged on since 2021, when Felix played with an injury for six months as Atlético Madrid won La Liga, but did not feel appreciated by Simeone for doing so.
A Bola add that there is no turning back, and a January exit now seems highly likely.
ARSENAL & MANCHESTER UNITED MUST BE CAREFUL
While we believe Felix isn’t the right fit for Simeone and his defensive style of play, Mikel Arteta and Erik ten Hag still need to do their homework if they make a move, as it looks set to be an expensive one.
As aforesaid, Atlético Madrid rejected £110m from Manchester United, so a sum slightly above that will presumably be required to sign him, while the Portuguese sensation also earns £245,823-a-week.
Therefore, if Arteta or Ten Hag do plan to offer Felix an escape route, they must be confident of utilising him properly – if they cannot, it would be a very expensive mistake.