Joao Felix has once again become one of the hottest commodities in the transfer market following his explosion in the FIFA World Cup.
The forward was one of the star players for a Portugal side that reached the quarterfinal stage of the competition. Although Felix was not able to avoid his team from getting knocked out by Morocco, his performances have indeed raised many eyebrows across Europe.
Felix’s redemption has aided Atletico Madrid as well. The Spanish giants, after all, are in a financial crisis following their elimination from European competitions. They are in desperate need of economic injection and the club see Felix’s sale as an ideal means to generate fresh revenue.
However, sanctioning the sale of the Portuguese international will not be easy as Atletico Madrid value the player at €140 million. Very few clubs are willing to pay that amount, which makes the entire operation difficult.
That is why Atletico Madrid have come up with a ‘plan B’ in their bid to offload Felix. According to Daily Mirror (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Los Colchoneros are formulating a plan to send the former SL Benfica starlet on a loan deal.
This cost of the loan operation will be around €8 million only and it will pave the way for other clubs to afford the deal, so long they are willing to incur the overall salary of the player during the remainder of the season.
The loan will include no purchase option either, and it appears Manchester United and Arsenal have already been alerted to the situation. The two Premier League have emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign Felix, though whether or not he will leave Atleti on a permanent deal remains to be seen.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo