It is very rare for Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid to go down the route of splashing money. Los Rojiblancos have seldom looked towards the coffers to solve their problems, and Joao Felix may well be the most recent big-money signing in the club’s history.
However, the Portuguese international’s record at the club is far from encouraging. He has been dismal for Atletico Madrid over the past three years and far from justified his €106 million price tag.
According to reports from MARCA, his situation this season is no different. The Spanish outlet state that Felix has generated numerous doubt in the minds of the club coaching staff with his recent performances.
The manager is already considering leaving him out of the starting XI for the game against Sevilla and playing Angel Correa in his place.
While his performances this season have not been abysmal, his display against Real Madrid, in particular, was worrying. The youngster disappeared on the biggest stage and had no significant contribution till he was substituted out in the 60th minute.
Atleti’s problems with Antoine Griezmann, coupled with this, comes at a particularly worrying time. They are seated seventh in the league after six games, having scored only ten goals.
Felix, meanwhile, is yet to open his account for the season, with Alvaro Morata leading their personal charts with three goals. The Portuguese does have three assists to his name, but for what it’s worth, they all came against Getafe on matchday one.
It is reported that Los Rojblancos rejected a €130 million offer from Manchester United for Felix in the summer. If indeed that is true, the club could end up regretting their decision, given the player’s poor impact on the team.
While the doors have not closed for him yet, he will have to work exceedingly hard to win back the management’s trust.
Atletico Madrid will try to sign Arsenal, Liverpool target for free in the summer
Atletico Madrid saw a lot of movement during the January transfer window as they saw several players leave, while also bringing in a couple of new faces in.
But one player who they tried to sign and could not is Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.
Indeed, according to AS, was on the top of director Andrea Berta’s list for the winter window as he is in the final six months of his contract. But, Gladbach asked for a fee of around €10-12 million to offload him, which prompted Atletico Madrid to move for Depay instead.
But the report states that Thuram continues to be on the agenda at the Civitas Metropolitano and Berta will try to sign him again in the summer transfer window.
However, there will be intense competition for the 25-year-old’s services given that he will be available for a free transfer at the end of the season.
Juventus and Inter Milan have shown an interest in Thuram, but there are a lot of clubs in England wishing to sign him up.
Indeed, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be gunning for the French forward’s signing while more clubs could join the list of his suitors as days progress.
So, it will be important for Atletico Madrid to achieve a top-four finish in La Liga and qualify for the UEFA Champions League for next season if they wish to attract a player of Thuram’s capability and calibre.
The 25-year-old has netted 13 goals and set up four more in 19 matches across all competitions. His ability to play anywhere across the frontline makes him an attractive prospect for interested parties such as Atletico.
But given the intense competition, Diego Simeone & co. will need to act swiftly if they wish to sign Thuram.