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Arsenal emerge as Joao Felix suitors

Jorge Mendes is expected to present big offers to Atlético as the transfer looks inevitable.

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João Félix’s Portugal have been knocked out of the World Cup, which means the Atlético Madrid attacker has to return to Spain’s capital and rumors about his future will kick into overdrive.

“When the World Cup is over, I’ll speak with Atlético,” Félix said as reports first emerged earlier in the tournament.

Miguel Ángel Gil Marín confirmed as much when he said in his own interview that the most reasonable solution to the “João Félix problem” is to find a way to sell the player. He admitted it wasn’t ideal, but with the relationship between Félix and Diego Simeone broken, it made the most sense.

Aston Villa were linked with the player initially, but since then Arsenal have also been named as a potential destination for the Portuguese attacker, per Diario As.

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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are five points clear of Manchester City atop the Premier League.
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Chelsea, PSG, Manchester United and Bayern Munich have also been mentioned with João Félix as his agent Jorge Mendes will try to present offers to Atlético of around €100 million for a player who has enhanced his value with his performance at the World Cup.

Atlético, knocked out of Europe after finishing last in their Champions League group, sit fifth in LaLiga with Elche, Barcelona and Almería in their first three games back after the World Cup. They will play Arenteiro in the Copa del Rey on 22nd December in what looks like their only hope of silverware this season.

Matheus Cunha and Felipe Monteiro could also leave Atlético in the January transfer market along with João Félix. Nahuel Molina could draw interest from teams such as Chelsea after his improving performances at the World Cup, capped by a goal against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals.