Manchester United, according to reports, has made contact with Atletico Madrid to sign forward Joao Felix on loan in January.
THE DETAILS: FREE TO LEAVE
The Portuguese star has three and a half years left on his La Liga contract, but following a disagreement with manager Diego Simeone, he has been told he is free to leave in the winter.
The Red Devils are attributed with a long-term interest in the 23-year-old in the story from 90min, and since Atletico president Miguel Angel Gil Marin indicated that Felix’s departure appears inevitable, the youngster might be headed to the Premier League.
THE MOST RECENT: FELIX CONTACTS MAN UNITED
According to 90min, Felix’s representatives have’spoken’ with representatives from United, Arsenal, and Chelsea about a possible transfer in the New Year, and all three teams have’shown interest’ in completing a deal.
All three teams “had negotiations” in the last week, and while Atletico is “ready to acquiesce” to an initial loan move, they are “trying to incorporate” a permanent transfer option worth around £100 million.
THE VERDICT RECOMMENDS: A NO-BRAINER
Felix has been described as a “horror for defenders” by Football Talent Scout, and Manchester United should not be afraid to spend big money on him in January.
In 129 games, the forward has produced 51 Wanda Metropolitano goals and is a versatile player who can play in a variety of positions (Transfermarkt).
The Portugal international might help Erik ten Hag’s squad finish in the top four, but a decision on whether to sign him permanently will not be made until the summer of 2019.
Ronaldo says his’special’ Manchester United legacy will live on, while Eriksen confesses he is’sad’ about his departure
Ronaldo exercised his contract termination option in November.
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? The Portuguese attacker’s violent cоnfrоntation with Piers Morgan resulted in the mutual termination of his contract with Manchester United in November. This was in response to a conversation the attacker had with Morgan. His departure from Old Trafford has made Eriksen’s sad,’ and the Danish midfielder feels Ronaldo’s legacy at the club will remain’special,’ despite the fаct that Manchester United have moved on from the forward, as seen by their recent 3-0 Premier League success over Nottingham Forest.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY: “First and foremost, we are upset that Ronaldo will not be present. You get the idea that people will forget what it was like before the next game, and right now our focus is on things as if he were not present. His history and fаme at any club are extraordinary, and it was a truly incredible experience for me to have the good fortune to play with him at some time in my career,” he had added.
THE BIG PICTURE: Ronaldo is said to be joining Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr in a multi-year deal of €200 million (£176.2 million) every season. This agreement will also allow him to become the face of Saudi Arabia’s bid to host the World Cup in 2030. However, Al Nassr president Musli Al-Muammar has dismissed claims that Cristiano Ronaldo will join the club. Following the club’s 2-2 draw with Al Hilal, he said, “[Reports concerning] Ronaldo are not correct, and the majority of what has been written and reported in the media is untrue.”