Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has been offered to Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window, according to a report.
For the time being, it doesn’t seem like Arsenal are hugely keen, though Delaney doesn’t specify why.
One reason could be the frosty relationship between Arsenal and Atletico.
The Spanish club didn’t handle Lucas Torreira’s loan very well, messing Arsenal around in negotiations over a permanent deal, and Arsenal responded by activating Thomas Partey’s release clause on deadline day.
Atletico would probably request a very large fee for Felix, their record signing and one of the most expensive players in history at around £100m. They’re unlikely to give the Gunners a discount.
Then there’s the fact Felix isn’t necessarily providing a return on that sort of fee right now.
Five goals and five assists in 25 games isn’t bad, but it doesn’t put him up with the best in Europe.
Many believe that is likely just as much about Atletico as the player himself.
Diego Simeone’s side do have a reputation for somewhat stifling football, and perhaps Felix would deliver on his seemingly vast potential elsewhere.
For the time being, it doesn’t look like Arsenal are seriously considering the move, but the option is apparently there.