United boss Erik Ten Hag eyes to hijack Arsenal’s January target

Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid’s forward Joao Felix on loan.

According to Le10 Sport, Manchester United and Arsenal are the clear favorites to land the Portuguese attacker as the player wants a Premier League move.

Things have not worked out for Joao Felix and Atletico Madrid as it is thought that the Portuguese star wants a move away from the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Atletico’s CEO Gil Marin has handed a huge boost to Manchester United’s and Arsenal’s pursuit of Joao Felix, as he openly cleared the air and said they are willing to let Felix leave the club.

” Joao Felix has top level but because of his relationship with Diego Simeone and game time, we feel that makes sense to consider potential bids to sell him.” Said Atletico Madrid’s CEO Gil Marin.

Atletico Madrid has made it clear to the interested bidders of Joao, that they are only willing to let out the 23-year-old out on loan.

The Spanish club are demanding for interested clubs to cover all Joao Felix’s annual salary plus a $8M loan fee.

Manchester United looks set to trigger that loan clause, as Ten Hag is desperate to find Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement in the January transfer window.

Joao Felix keeping possession of the ball in a match (photo courtesy)

Numerous sources in Europe have reported that United remains to be the front runners to land the forward, as talks with his agent Jorge Mendes are said to be progressing on well.

On the other hand, Arsenal’s boss Mikel Arteta has a puzzle to solve after Gabriel Jesus got injured while on international duty.

Arteta will be looking to overhaul his attacking options as the premier league resumes, in a bid to stay at the top of the league.

The Gunners’ boss made it clear of his intentions to sign new players come January.

” We want to sign players early January as we did last summer,” said Arteta. ” What we cannot afford is to get a player here that is not for us.” he furthered.

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