Club have rejected a £114million bid from Manchester United for 22-year-old forward Joao Felix as the Red Devils’ desperate search for star players goes on
Manchester United have reportedly had a mammoth £114million bid for Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix turned down as they scramble for attacking reinforcements.
The Red Devils were told categorically that Felix isn’t for sale, despite reports the Portugal international was offered to Arsenal earlier in the year.
To add salt to their wounds, United were also told that – just like long-term target Frenkie de Jong – Felix has zero interest in moving to Old Trafford, even if his club decided to sell him, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano further claims that United football director John Murtough has been in direct contact with Atletico about a potential deal, but was given a firm ‘no’.
The 22-year-old moved to Atletico from Benfica for a whopping £113million back in 2019 though has generally failed to live up to expectations, scoring just 30 times in his three seasons playing under the notoriously tactically rigid Diego Simeone.
United meanwhile are under intense pressure to bring in another player or two having started the season disastrously with back-to-back defeats to Brighton and Brentford.
Erik ten Hag is desperate for more numbers in midfield and some fire power up front, especially with the uncertainty hanging over Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment. Moves for Marko Arnautovic and Adrien Rabiot have both collapsed in the past few days and there’s now reportedly a sense of panic growing within the club.
Ten Hag is interested in Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech, having worked with him at Ajax, though United’s board remain unconvinced. A loan move for Ziyech’s club-mate Christian Pulisic has also been rumoured, as has an approach for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Whatever the case, United have just two weeks to get their house in order. Otherwise their poor start could quickly turn into a nightmare.