Atletico Madrid and Joao Felix are desperate to part ways in the winter transfer window but both parties are making the transaction difficult with their demands. The club, in particular, shocked suitors by quoting a €15 million fee for a six-month loan, effectively closing all the doors.
While Manchester United felt the number was exaggerated, they did not lose focus of their target. The Premier League side temporarily stepped out of the race hoping that one of the parties would compromise.
According to reports from GOAL, Erik Ten Hag’s side are willing to pay a €4 million fee to take the Portuguese international on loan for six months. They will cover the player’s wages in addition to the stipulated fee but are hesitant to pay anything in excess.
It is said that the deal would not have the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. Thus, it would only be a temporary solution for Los Rojiblancos who will have to go through the pain of finding a suitor for the player again in the summer.
No doubt, Manchester United’s offer is well below Atletico Madrid’s demands. The Spanish side might prefer to keep the player at Civitas Metropolitano for six more months given the current situation.
Arsenal are also said to be scouting the player’s situation and could make a late swoop. That, however, looks increasingly unlikely given Atleti’s demands.
It has been reported that Atletico Madrid would be open to keeping Felix at the club in case they do not receive a good enough offer.
But given the frosty relationship between manager Diego Simeone and Felix, as well as the forward’s desire to leave, including him in the dynamics when absolutely sure that he is not in the future plans is detrimental to his team’s growth.
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