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Arsenal: ‘More in’ Joao Felix reports; Mikel Arteta ‘really likes’ him

Arsenal: ‘More in’ Joao Felix reports; Mikel Arteta ‘really likes’ him -Arsenal News

CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that there is ‘more in’ the reports of a potential Arsenal move for Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix.

The Lowdown: Agent talks

It was reported earlier this week that the Emirates Stadium outfit are ‘in talks’ with Felix’s agent Jorge Mendes over a potential move in the January transfer window, but they will face competition from Manchester United, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich for his signature.

However, Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that Atletico could demand a fee of up to £120m to sell him this summer.

The Latest: ‘More in this’

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jacobs has claimed that there is ‘a bit more in this’ from Arsenal’s perspective, and Felix is a player that Mikel Arteta ‘really likes’:

“With Joao Felix, I think there is a bit more in this from Arsenal’s perspective. I do think that Mikel Arteta really likes the player. Arsenal need to understand what Felix’s desire is because there’s a whole lot of interest and also what the price point is with Atleti.”

The Verdict: Sign on loan

A recent report from The Daily Record has claimed that Atletico are prepared to let Felix leave on loan in January, which is a deal that the North Londoners should be all over.

Hailed as a ‘special talent’ by Italian football journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the striker was a standout player for Portugal in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, scoring one goal and making two assists in four starts (Transfermarkt) before his country were knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals, showing the kind of promise that persuaded Atletico to pay a mammoth £113m to sign him from Benfica back in 2019.

With Gabriel Jesus injured, Felix would provide quality cover in his position, and if he impressed on loan, the Gunners could look to sign him permanently in the summer.

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