Arsenal make Joao Felix loan inquiry in bid to boost attack for Premier League title bid after Chelsea and Manchester United were put off by Atletico Madrid’s demand for an £8MILLION fee for a six-month temporary switch
- Arsenal are ready to strengthen their attack for a Premier League title bid
- Now Mikel Arteta wants to move for the Atletico Madrid fringe forward
- Felix enhanced reputation with fine performances for Portugal at the World Cup
- This is after the Gunners’ interest in Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudrik
Arsenal have inquired about Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish side want his wages paid in full plus an £8m loan fee for six months.
Chelsea and Manchester United have also spoken about the Portuguese but the figures are considered too expensive, but Mikel Arteta will be hoping to take advantage after urging the club’s board to back him in January.
Chelsea have previously been keen on Felix as they look to solve their goal scoring woes which have seen them struggle in attack compared to their rivals at the top of the table this term.
Joao Felix has fallen out of favor at Atletico Madrid and attracted Arsenal’s interest
Atletico paid £114million for the Portugal star in 2019, but know they will be unlikely to recoup much of that given the 21-year-old’s inconsistent form at the Metropolitan since.
Felix is adept at playing on the left wing, where he was for Portugal and where he started four of his country’s five games at the World Cup in Qatar.
During the tournament, he netted in their opening game against Ghana while producing two assists in the 6-1 demolition of Switzerland in the last 16.
Chelsea and Manchester United have previously shown interest in the Portuguese forward
Felix enjoyed an improved reputation after a strong World Cup with Portugal
Despite the shock exit to Morocco, Felix’s impressive tournament has lifted his stock again after falling out of favor under Diego Simeone in the Spanish capital.
He has only started five LaLiga games this term.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are being asked to pay £85m for their other top target Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Gunners have already had a £57million bid rejected by the Ukrainian side, but the player has hinted he wants to join the Gunners after posting a picture on social media of him watching their 3-1 Boxing Day win over West Ham.
Shakhtar’s deputy sporting director Carlo Nicolini has previously confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the Shakhtar star.
Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his attack as the Gunners press for the Premier League title
“Mudrik received the message, like all the other players, to show up for the training camp in Antalya on January 9.
‘Arsenal’s interest is there, I can’t deny it. However, today he is called to the first training camp that runs from January 9 to February 9, then we will prepare in Warsaw for the next European Games.
“Many clubs took an indirect interest in Mudric, without an official offer. There were a lot of phone calls.
‘I believe that today the Italian teams find it difficult to take a profile like this, both for what it is worth and for the lack of courage in investing in such a profile.’