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Atletico Madrid star to choose between Arsenal and Man United, PSG not interested
Joao Felix has emerged as one of the most wanted commodities in the transfer market following his blistering performances in the FIFA World Cup.
Although the forward did not enjoy the best of starts to the season at Atletico Madrid, he made a solid impression in the World Cup, helping Portugal reach the quarterfinal stage of the competition.
Even though Portugal were shockingly knocked out of the quarterfinals by Morocco, Felix’s performances have not gone unnoticed. Many clubs have already lined to seal the services of the Portuguese international, who is expected to leave Atletico in January.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are primarily the three clubs interested in Felix. The former SL Benfica starlet himself is keen on leaving Atleti, having struggled to make himself a prominent figure in Diego Simeone’s tactical setup.
A new report from Le10Sport (h/t Atletico Universe) has offered an update on Felix’s future, suggesting that the forward has already zeroed in on two clubs he would like to join in January.
The clubs in question are Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United. The report suggests Felix will choose either of the two English clubs, whereas PSG are seemingly out of consideration.
For Atletico Madrid’s part, they may also prefer the forward to join a Premier League club, who are in a position to offer more for the attacker. Manchester United, for one, are among the clubs determined to add new reinforcements in the attacking unit, with the Red Devils even prepared to break the bank.
The same goes for Arsenal, who need reinforcements if they are to continue their bid for the Premier League title during the second half of the campaign. But which among these two Premier League clubs end up getting their hands on Joao Felix remains to be seen.
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Atletico Madrid among clubs weighing up a summer move for €20 million Barcelona defender
Having successfully raided FC Barcelona for the signing of Memphis Depay during the January transfer window, Atletico Madrid could look to bring in another player from Spotify Camp Nou come summer.
Indeed, according to SPORT, Atletico are among clubs who are interested in signing Barcelona ace Sergino Dest, who is currently away on loan at AC Milan.
Dest has been out of favour at Barça since Xavi Hernandez arrived at the club back in November 2021. The USMNT right-back was sent out on loan to Milan last summer so that he can play regularly.
The Rossoneri have the option of signing the ex-Ajax man permanently for €20 million, but are unlikely to take it up as the right-back has largely underwhelmed during his time in Italy, playing just 14 games in all competitions.
But, that has seemingly not deterred clubs in La Liga, including Atletico Madrid, who are reportedly willing to take a punt on Dest in the summer.
As things stand, Atletico have Nahuel Molina as their primary right-back, but the Argentine has not been consistent enough in his debut season at the club.
Matt Doherty arrived on a free transfer from Tottenham in January but has only played 12 minutes so far, indicating where he stands in Diego Simeone’s scheme. So, a new right-back might not entirely be ruled out at the Civitas Metropolitano come summer.
Dest, though, is also attracting interest from Sevilla, Valencia and Villarreal, while an unnamed MLS club also want the right-back.
Barcelona, for their part, wish to recoup the €20 million they spent on him almost three years ago, which could become a roadblock for Atletico Madrid if they do indeed pursue the right-back with greater intent.
As things stand, there is just initial interest and there is nothing concrete from Atletico or any clubs. Only time will tell if that changes once Dest returns from his loan spell.