According to the latest report from MARCA, Arsenal have taken the lead in the race to secure the signing of Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, who is also a target for Manchester United.
The 23-year-old is headed for the exit doors this coming January as was recently confirmed by club CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin.
The Portuguese international has had a falling out with manager Diego Simeone and is keen on securing an exit at the earliest possible, with his agent, Jorge Mendes, working hard to find him a way out of the Civitas Metropolitano.
There have been rumours of interest from the likes of Chelsea and PSG, while Manchester United have also been linked with a move for Felix, especially following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was released by the club earlier this month.
However, as per the aforementioned report, Arsenal may have taken the lead in the race to sign Felix as things stand.
The Gunners are also being forced into the market for an attacking reinforcement after Gabriel Jesus had to undergo surgery to treat an injury.
The Brazilian is set to face a prolonged time out on the sidelines, which will leave Arsenal thin on options in the No. 9 role, something which Mikel Arteta wants to address as he looks to lead the team to the Premier League title.
To that end, Felix has emerged as a possible target for the north London club, with the report going as far as claiming that they are currently ahead in the race for the 23-year-old forward.
Aston Villa are also said to be interested in Felix, although the player does not look at them as a viable option.
It remains to be seen if there is any truth to these claims or whether it is just another rumour going through the media. But what is certain is that Felix is on his way out of the Civitas Metropolitano in the near future.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo