Joao Felix was instrumental in Atletico Madrid’s win over Getafe in their La Liga opener earlier this week. The Portuguese international recorded three assists at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez and was arguably the best player on the field.
After three underwhelming years in Spain, the youngster seems ready to step up his performance and gather consistency this season. It is the least he can do to repay the 36 months that the club nurtured him, protecting him from the harsh media.
According to reports from AS, Manchester United were interested in signing Felix this summer and went on the offensive with a staggering €130 million offer.
While Los Rojiblancos could accept the deal and book a profit on the player, they unsurprisingly chose to decline and maintain faith in him.
Further, Diego Simeone’s side have referred to the €350 million release clause on Felix’s contract to detract the Premier League side from their pursuit.
The manager considers the Portuguese international to be one of the most important players in the team and the centre-piece of their new project.
The 22-year-old was part of the Atletico team that faced United in preseason, and the Champions League last season, scoring in both games. Those performances ignited interest in Manchester’s offices, it was also a statement to Atletico that the player is set to shine.
Last season, the youngster scored eight goals and provided four assists in 24 league appearances for Los Rojiblancos. In the UEFA Champions League, however, he managed just two goal contributions in eight games.
Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano
Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.
Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.
However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.
As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.
There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.
And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.
But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.
Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.
Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.
From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.
After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023