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Joao Felix opens up about Manchester United’s rejected €130m bid for him: “It’s the presidents”



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In the closing days of the summer transfer window, Atletico Madrid rejected several offers placed by clubs to sign their stars. This included three €40 million proposals for Alvaro Morata, Matheus Cunha, and Marcos Llorente.

Yet, the most surprising one was the rumoured offer that Manchester United made for Joao Felix. It was reported that the Red Devils were willing to pay €130 million for the Portuguese International, but Atletico Madrid rejected it because they trusted in the player.

Felix was interviewed by MARCA where he spoke about his growth as a player and his role at Atletico. He was asked about United’s offer during the same interview but refused to acknowledge that such an offer arrived.

“Nothing came to me, it’s the presidents. I’m here.”

He then credited Diego Simeone for his development as a player and elaborated on his growth at Atletico.

“Cholo taught me things that I hadn’t learned yet. The coaches are here to teach those things. Things that have been shown to me are going well for me. It’s his role.”

Every footballer dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or at least once in their career. The youngster spoke about his dream to win it and his plan of action to make it a reality.

“It’s still far away, but also closer. I work for that. I’m trying to do everything for that, in a few years it will be seen if I did it or not.”

When asked if Atletico were genuine title contenders this season, he said,

“We always fight for La Liga. In the [Madrid] derby we are going to prove it.”

Felix then came to the topic of responsibility and spoke about his role as a leader and how he felt committed to the Rojiblancos.

“I have the feeling that I have to do everything to help the club and the team. I try to prove that and if my colleagues see me as a leader, the better. This way we are more connected and we will enjoy much more.”

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Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move



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Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.

As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.

Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.

Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.

But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.

The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.

While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.

The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.

As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.

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