Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for the departure of Manchester United target Joao Felix.
Numerous reports over recent weeks have detailed the extent of the deterioration in Felix and Diego Simeone’s relationship.
The player is extremely unhappy with his role in the team and the team’s style of play which does not get the best out of him.
The Red Devils are among a host of clubs chasing Felix’s signature.
Felix played in Portugal’s thumping win against Switzerland and impressed, giving United fans a taste of what he could bring to Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old capped his dazzling display with two assists.
Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Ángel Gil confirmed Felix’s intention to leave and reiterated that the Spanish giants are willing to consider bids to facilitate an exit after the World Cup.
He said, “It is the biggest bet the club has made [buying Felix]. I think he has the highest level in the world, but for the reasons that now it is not worth entering.”
“The relationship between the coach and him is not good nor is his motivation.”
He added, “The reasonable thing to do is to think that he will come out, although I would love for him to continue, but this is not the player’s idea.”
Miguel Ángel Gil also said that the fans have Simeone “in mind”, referencing supporters’ love for coach and manager over any player.
Atlético CEO Gil Marín: “João Felix has top level but because of his relationship with Simeone and game time… we feel that makes sense to consider potential bids to sell him”, tells TVE. 🚨⚪️🔴 #transfers
“I’d love for João to continue, but this is the current situation”. pic.twitter.com/n14N2kPr1K
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 6, 2022
United should ensure they are in the running for Felix. His high potential and versatility across multiple positions as seen so far for Portugal renders him an invaluable player that would be a real asset for Erik ten Hag.
With the player hellbent on an exit, along with the CEO’s confirmation, it is possible that a reasonable price can be agreed upon.