Despite a fatigued relationship after the entire Antoine Griezmann fiasco, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are still willing to work on not one but two deals ahead of the summer transfer window, including one involving a certain Joao Felix.
As relayed by journalist Ruben Uria on OnzeTV3, the two La Liga teams are trying to work things out again out of necessity, mostly because the team from the capital city is going through a tough financial time after being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League.
Now, it must be noted that Joao Felix’s links with Barcelona are not something new. In fact, the Blaugrana have made several attempts in the past to get him on their roster.
It was reported that during the Griezmann negotiations, Barcelona wanted to include the Portuguese in the deal, but Atletico straightway rejected the proposal.
However, several things have changed since. To begin with, Felix, who joined Atletico for a whopping €120 million, is not getting enough time this season, having played a mere 486 minutes in the league.
Secondly, now that they are no longer in the Champions League and are also out of the Europa League, they need to sanction sales in order to generate revenue and as it seems, Felix remains their biggest cash cow.
From Barcelona’s perspective, there is absolutely no need for the team to sign a player like Felix mostly because there are already many options at Xavi’s disposal. This means the only way they can use the Portuguese is like an understudy of Robert Lewandowski.
The Pole, who is in the final years of his career, remains Barcelona’s only number 9 and Felix truly knows how to acquire the position. His agent, Jorge Mendes, has a good relationship with Barça president Joan Laporta and could help facilitate an arrangement.
For the moment, Felix is not the only name that is being discussed by Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. There is another player that the two teams are talking about, although the details of which are not clear at this point.
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