Arsenal, Newcastle ‘question’ Atletico star Joao Felix’s situation at La Liga club
Arsenal and Newcastle have inquired about the availability of Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix, according to reports.
Felix moved to the Spanish club in 2019 for a fee of around £ 113million, but failed to live up to his high price tag.
He scored seven goals and assisted six in 31 league appearances last season as Atletico won their first La Liga title since the 2013/14 season.
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The 22-year-old started off slowly in 2021/22, however, scoring one goal in 12 matches in all competitions, sustaining a few injuries along the way.
Felix was an unused replacement in Atletico’s 3-1 win in Porto on Tuesday night as Diego Simeone’s men controversially advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League.
The Portuguese striker’s departure from Wanda Metropolitano has been the subject of heated discussion in Spanish media this week, with Cadena Sar (Going through Sports witness) claiming he could leave in January.
The report says Arsenal and Newcastle are two of four Premier League clubs which have “asked questions” about his situation.
The Magpies are said to have the best offer for Felix, but the player is reluctant to join the Northeastern club, which are in the midst of a relegation battle.
Besides the Geordies and Gunners, Manchester United and Liverpool are the other two clubs who could step up for the former Benfica prodigy next month.
Elsewhere, the Barcelona star Ronald Araujo reportedly made deal to become Antonio Rudiger’s replacement at Chelsea after discussions with owner Roman Abramovich and Thomas Tuchel.
Araujo broke into Barcelona’s first team last season and has established himself as a key part of their defense this quarter.
Liverpool have also been linked with the 22-year-old, valued at £ 22million according to transfer market.
Corn El Nacional (via the Mirror) claims the center-back has had discussions with Blues owner Abramovich who “promised him an irrefutable contract” and head coach Tuchel, who “assured him an undisputed starting role”.