Manchester United are still interested in signing star Joao Felix on loan from Chelsea and could make a new move for the striker in the summer, according to reports.
The Portuguese attacker has impressed in spades since moving to west London on loan from Atletico Madrid in January, scoring twice in the Premier League, most recently in last weekend’s 2-2 draw against Everton.
Atleti are keen to secure a permanent contract for Felix in the summer, as the striker has an uneasy relationship with manager Diego Simeone.
The team have also performed terrific since Felix left and are unbeaten in La Liga since their last appearance, dropping just four points in that time and scoring 18 goals.
Chelsea are still weighing whether or not to make the 23-year-old’s loan spell a permanent move, with Atletico’s £80m asking price a big hurdle.
Graham Potter has been very happy with the impact and performances from Felix, although there is a feeling that such a massive outlay could be better spent on a more orthodox number nine.
United had also considered signing Félix in the January window, but were put off by Atlético’s massive demands, with Chelsea agreeing to pay a loan fee of around £10m and take on his mammoth salary.
But now the Spanish newspaper AS claims that the Red Devils could return with a new offer for Felix in the summer.
The Red Devils have never stopped taking an interest and have continued to monitor his performances for Chelsea, while there is a feeling that Atlético might be more open to negotiations in the summer than in the winter.
However, that £80m price tag could also prove too steep for United, especially with Erik ten Hag favoring a move for a proven elite goalscorer.
United are currently being linked with moves for players like Tottenham contract maverick Harry Kane and Serie A top scorer Victor Osimhen who are top-scoring forwards.
Potter spoke enthusiastically about Felix earlier this month, saying: ‘Well, we’re very happy with him, as long as he doesn’t face anyone on the midfield!
“His quality is clear, in terms of: he can receive the ball in tight spaces, he makes things happen from an attacking perspective. I think he hit the crossbar twice, scored as well and had other chances. So he also has that quality to finish.
‘The fact that he can play in some positions is good. We tend to use him more centrally, but he has the ability to play pretty much anywhere in the attacking phase of the game.”
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