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Manchester United considering move for Atletico Madrid superstar ‘in coming weeks’



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According to Cadena SER, Manchester United are contemplating signing Atletico Madrid superstar Joao Felix. The highly-rated attacker has emerged as one of the top targets for the Premier League giants as they look to shore up their ranks in the attacking unit.

Man United’s search for a new attacker comes in the aftermath of a relatively underwhelming start to the season from most of their attackers. Even stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial and new signing Antony have struggled for form.

It has accentuated the need for fresh faces in the offensive unit, and that is where Joao Felix comes into the fray.

Formerly of SL Benfica, the Atletico Madrid star has not had the best of times since joining Los Colchoneros. He has struggled to find an identity for himself in Diego Simeone’s tactical setup, even though he has racked up 32 goals and 18 assists in 128 matches.

Felix has also fallen behind in the pecking order at Atleti this season, having only mustered five starts in the league so far.

However, with Atletico Madrid bowing out of the UEFA Champions League and even in the UEFA Europa League, there is a strong sense of feeling inside the camp that the club may have to sell a few of their star players in the upcoming January transfer window.

This has put Manchester United on red alert, with the Premier League expected to make a move for the Portuguese international within the coming weeks.

Man United kickstarting the talks with Atleti over Felix could pave the way for the club to finally move on from Ronaldo. As for the Spanish outfit, the Portuguese’s exit could be crucial in helping them generate the funds required, especially after a poor start to the campaign.

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Atletico Madrid midfielder on the derby against Real Madrid: “Very difficult to beat them”



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Following a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener against Lazio, Atletico Madrid will shift all their attention to La Liga, as they brace themselves for the derby against Real Madrid this weekend.

Heading into this game, Atleti midfielder Marcos Llorente spoke about Real Madrid’s quality and Atletico Madrid’s chances of squeezing all three points from this iconic derby.

Llorente on Madrid derby

“The sensations are good. The team is very good, the other day we played a great game despite ending up drawing. I really think that the team did a great job that must be maintained for this match,” Llorente said in an interview with Diario AS.

When asked whether or not Real Madrid being tagged as favourites could aid Atleti, the midfielder said, “Honestly, it neither motivates me nor demotivates me. We simply have to do what we work on during the week, what the coach asks of us.”

Llorente stressed the importance of the game, adding, “It is a great rival we have in front of us, they are having a very good start to the season and that motivates me and everyone to try to play a good game.”

Real Madrid is a great club, they have great players and it is very difficult to beat them. I think we have competed, we have also achieved several draws, but in the end, either you go out one hundred percent and do things very, very well or it is difficult to beat them,” he added.

A former member of the Real Madrid youth academy, Llorente joined Atletico Madrid in 2019. Since then, he has racked up over 150 competitive appearances for Los Colchoneros.

Llorente, though, said he feels no sense of vindication when he performs well against his former team.

“No. In the end, it’s been many years since I left there and I’m at Atlético. Perhaps in the first years, those types of feelings and sensations can arise, but today they no longer do,” he said.

Marcos Llorente confident of Atletico Madrid’s chances ahead of the derby (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

Llorente on Vinicius, Koke & Bellingham

The Atletico Madrid star went on to talk about other aspects of the game, including the fact that his team had one less player every time they faced Real Madrid last season.

“I have zero worries. These are things that are not in our remit, that escape our hands. We play football, the referees referee and those who have to decide decide,” he said.

Llorente, in fact, said that the return of Koke could be a real boost for Atleti. “It is always good that Koke is with us, both on the field and in the day-to-day life of the game,” he said.

“Beyond the grass. The support he gives, the advice he gives us, his experience. it is always important to have him and it is great news that he is already training with us,” he added.

Talking about the absence of Vinicius Junior and the form of Jude Bellingham, Llorente said, “Well, you have to be careful with everyone. All Real Madrid players are very good and can make a difference at any moment of the game. Bellingham is having a great start and we have to take that into account and be very focused.”

Finally, Marcos Llorente put out a message for all the Atletico Madrid fans, claiming their support ahead of this crucial encounter this weekend.

“It will be a full house as always. We don’t have to tell them anything, they know the importance of this match for Atlético, we know that they never fail, they are always supporting us and we count on them,” he said.

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