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Bayern Munich no longer keen on signing wantaway Atletico Madrid forward – report



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Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin publicly announced that his club’s record signing Joao Felix was up for sale earlier this week. It was not a one-sided tale for he said the player wished to leave the club too.

Diego Simeone’s men see Felix as a sellable asset to solve their financial problems, but the problem lies in the non-availability of suitors. Very few teams in the world can afford the wages the youngster is on while also offering a good project, and Bayern Munich was one such team.

However, according to reports from Kerry Hau via iMiaSanMia, Bayern Munich are no longer interested in Felix. The German side were considering his signing as an option last summer and their sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić even contacted the offices of Atletico Madrid.

However, Los Rojiblancos rejected the offer and retained trust in the Portuguese international. It was reported that the Bundesliga side were prepared to shell out as much as €100 million for the youngster’s services.

Needless to say, Atleti could now be regretting letting go of the chance to recoup their money for they can now only demand a small fraction of the €120 billion they paid for him.

Felix had a positive World Cup campaign, scoring one goal and providing two assists in four appearances for Portugal. He also came very close to equalising late against Morocco but was brilliantly denied by Bono in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

So far this season in La Liga, the Portuguese ace has played in 12 games, starting just five. In that duration, he scored three goals, provided three assists, and averaged close to one key pass per game. 

Atletico Madrid will aim to sell the youngster in January. While Bayern Munich may no longer hold an interest, clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG have also been touted as potential suitors for the former SL Benfica ace.

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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano



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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.

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