After a tough start to life in Spain, Atletico Madrid superstar Joao Felix has started to come into his own in the past year or so.
Signed for more than €100 million from SL Benfica back in 2019, the Portuguese forward endured a difficult initiation period as he found it hard to get going in Diego Simeone’s rigid system.
But over time, he has grown into a vital player for Los Rojiblancos. The 22-year-old finished the last season with a return of ten goals and six assists from 35 matches in all competitions. He has already set up three goals in four games in the new season.
Given his unlimited potential, Felix has constantly attracted a lot of admirers from across Europe. And according to Fabrizio Romano, there were several clubs that made an approach for the 22-year-old attacking ace during the summer transfer window.
However, Atletico Madrid were quick to turn down all those offers as they deem Felix as ‘100% untouchable’. So much so that the Colchoneros are unwilling to sell him even for a fee greater than €100 million.
Manager Diego Simeone acknowledged the growth and progress that the 22-year-old had shown through his time at the club, saying: “Joao is at his best moment since we have been working together. He is a lot more mature, stronger, sure of himself.”
Reports earlier this summer indicated that Manchester United went hard after Felix, even lodging an offer worth around €130 million. However, both the player and Atletico Madrid were uninterested in listening to the proposal and swiftly turned it down.
Having kept hold of him, Atleti will be hoping that the 22-year-old Felix goes on to enjoy a big season this time out.
Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo
According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.
Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.
Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.
Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.
Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.
However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.
Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.
Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.
It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.