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Atletico Madrid will seek more than €100 million for 23-year-old attacker – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has made up his mind to leave the club in the upcoming January transfer window as he is ready to experience a new challenge in his career.
Signed from SL Benfica in the summer of 2019 in a deal worth €127 million, Felix has never managed to hit the heights expected of him at the Civitas Metropolitano.
Felix has seen his game-time take a hit this season while his relationship with manager Diego Simeone has completely deteriorated as well.
So much so that, Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin confirmed in a recent interview what the club will listen to offers if they come along for the 23-year-old in the upcoming January transfer window.
Clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, and Paris Saint-Germain have been credited with an interest in Felix, with his agent, Jorge Mendes, working to find a solution for the Portuguese forward so that he can end his Atletico Madrid nightmare.
And according to Romano, Los Colchoneros will seek a transfer fee of over €100 million for Felix, considering that they had invested so heavily in him three years ago.
However, question marks persist over whether any club would be willing to splash such an amount of money on the Portuguese international, who has not really clicked at the Metropolitano.
Romano adds that Manchester United had last had contact with Atletico Madrid to enquire about Felix back in August.
As for the current interest in the former SL Benfica ace, there is nothing advanced with any clubs and things are likely to pick up pace after the World Cup is over.
Felix’s time in Qatar came to an end yesterday as Portugal were eliminated by Morocco in the quarter-finals. With the World Cup now over for him, the 23-year-old will be hoping to find a resolution over his future, although Atletico’s demands could make things difficult.
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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano
According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Atletico Madrid are among the clubs monitoring the progress of UD Almeria striker Marciano Sanca.
The 19-year-old Guinea-Bissau forward joined Almeria from Portuguese outfit Leixoes in January last year, linking up with the club’s B team.
Marciano has made three league appearances Almeria’s reserve team and has not scored a goal yet. The teenager has been training with the first-team setup regularly and Romano claims that he is close to making his debut in La Liga.
While he might not have made a splash at the senior level yet, Marciano seems to be already gathering admirers with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Brighton & Hove Albion said to be tracking the youngster.
Los Rojiblancos are set to enter the market for a new centre-forward as Joao Felix is expected to be sold permanently while Alvaro Morata’s future is also not entirely certain.
So even though Diego Simeone has Memphis Depay, Angel Correa, and Morata at his disposal, Atletico Madrid will dive into the market for a new striker with there being links to Mateo Retegui of Boca Juniors, currently on loan at Tigre.
Now, Marciano has also emerged as a potential target or Atletico Madrid, although signing him will not be easy in the summer.
Even though the 19-year-old’s contract expires in 2024, he is bound by a release clause worth €40 million and Almeria intend to keep him at the club beyond this season.
So, the La Liga club might hold out for the entire release clause amount in order to stave off potential suitors like Atletico Madrid, who are not in a position to make such an investment on an unproven youngster.