Manchester United have received a mixed message regarding Joao Félix from Diego Simeone.
Recently, a report surfaced that Felix is a legitimate target for United, with the Red Devils aware of his situation in Spain.
Félix has a poor relationship with Atlético manager Diego Simeone and is unhappy with his playing time situation at the Wanda Metropolitano.
With United lacking and excessive levity in the attacking department, Felix is seen as a possible solution, with the player pushing for a January exit.
However, Simeone has moved to quash rumors of tension in relations between him and the Portuguese international.
Simeone also spoke about a possible departure for Félix and reiterated his desire to keep the player at the club. However, he did not rule out a possible sale.
The Argentine coach said that “Joao is one of the players who has scored the most goals out of the strikers we have, beyond the fact that he now has three.”
He has the goal and hopefully he can continue to be with us and that he can perform at the level he has shown so many times playing”.
“And above all, show that, that he has a goal and that we need him”.
Cholo’s comments may dampen United’s prospects of signing the 23-year-old.
This new development, combined with Atletico Madrid’s insistence that their star will only be able to leave for €130m, slightly more than they paid for him from Benfica, is likely to put off the 20-time English champions.
Félix was called up by Fernando Santos to the Portugal squad and will play with United’s trio of Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Dalot and Cristiano Ronaldo at the World Cup.
A decision about his future is likely to be made after the tournament.
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