Arsenal and Manchester United will hold fresh talks over the potential signing of Joao Felix this week, but Chelsea have also joined the race.
Arsenal reportedly hold an interest in Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, and they could look to advance a potential move this week.
Fabrizio Romano reports for CaughtOffside that Manchester United and Arsenal have already held talks with Felix’s agent, and there will be fresh talks this week to try and find him a transfer.
Romano claims the Premier League is Felix’s most likely destination, and the primary stumbling block at first was Atletico’s insistence on a €100m fee.
But The Telegraph give two updates to that situation, reporting that Chelsea are also looking at a deal, and that they’re pursuing an initial loan move.
You’d imagine a loan would be much more realistic, and it might suit Arsenal in particular, with Gabriel Jesus out injured for a couple of months.
Matteo Moretto reports for Relevo that Felix’s agent Jorge Mendes has stepped up talks with Arsenal and Manchester United in recent weeks, adding that Chelsea are still in the race as well.
Though Moretto adds that Atletico are hoping for a mandatory purchase option in a potential loan deal.
Alexis Bernard of Le10Sport claims Arsenal and Manchester United are the only two clubs left in the race for Felix, with negotiations approaching an end. But in general, it seems most sources agree that Chelsea are still in the mix.
In related news, Eurosport.es report that Atletico Madrid have made an offer for Real Betis striker Borja Iglesias as they look for reinforcements up front. They’re offering €30-35m, whilst Betis want €40m, and the move is subject to Felix’s departure.
Ben Jacobs reports that Arsenal are continuing to prioritise a move for Mykhaylo Mudryk at the moment. A loan for Felix has been offered to them, but his wage demands and loan fee are very high.
Felix would want around €4m more than Mudryk in wages, and both players would cost a significant fee to complete a permanent move, so Mudryk would be better value.