Portuguese forward João Felix’s ‘tug of war’ between Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United will be one of the biggest stories of the January window, according to the BBC Transfer Gossip Daily team.
The Athletic reports that three Premier League teams have been approached by Atlético Madrid to sign the 23-year-old on loan, with La Liga demanding a rental fee of over £13m. It is believed that.
“This is going to be one of the most fascinating and intriguing stories about windows,” Daily Telegraph journalist Luke Edwards tells the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast.
“League leaders Arsenal want to replace Gabriel Jesus. Chelsea are in a crisis. We need it, and you put it on the record that you want a new striker, Manchester United manager Eric ten Hug, and you have a three-way tug-of-war.
“We have a player at Benfica who was widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Europe.
“He went to Atlético Madrid and, as can happen with transfers, it’s not going well. [Diego] Simeone, he’s just not settled there, he’s available.
“I think it’s most likely [destination] I think the negotiations with United have been the most intense and detailed, but Atlético are asking for a hefty loan fee. We’ve seen reports of over £13million just loaning him to the end of the season – even by January standards, that’s a crazy amount. ”
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