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PSG eyeing January loan swoop for Atletico Madrid forward, player enticed by the idea
Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix is said to be enticed by the idea of joining Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in January, reports French news outlet Le Parisien.
Felix, 23, has fallen out of favour under Diego Simeone so much so that he has only played 155 minutes since the September international break. So given the situation at hand, his agent Jorge Mendes is looking for options and PSG have emerged as one.
As quoted by the aforementioned outlet, after missing out on Robert Lewandowski and Gianluca Scamacca in the summer, the team from the French capital is looking to acquire an all-out number 9.
Having watched Felix during his Atletico career, it’s evident that the youngster can occupy the spot. Now, PSG’s idea to sign Felix is to bring the best out of a certain Kylian Mbappe.
For that, the team’s sporting advisor Luis Campos is considering carrying out the operation which potentially involves a loan deal in January.
As far as Atletico Madrid are concerned, the team understand they need a cash cow mostly because the current state of affair is not ideal as they are out of the UEFA Champions League and have also missed out on the Europa League spot.
Given his age and experience, Felix remains Atletico’s biggest bet to bring in heavy funds.
For PSG, Felix’s arrival would ideally ease up the pressure on the current attacking trident of Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar because Hugo Ekitike is still not settled.
If approached by the French team, it’s hard to see the Portuguese neglecting an offer, but all that remains is how the parties involved would approach the negotiation mostly because PSG are said to be looking for a loan deal in January.
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Atletico Madrid monitoring teenage striker with €40 million release clause – Romano
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.