Newcastle United have been named as one of the six clubs in the mix to sign Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix.
The Lowdown: Felix’s current situation
Prior to the World Cup, Felix had scored four goals and delivered three assists in 18 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side across all competitions this season.
Earlier this month however, Atletico CEO Gil Marin admitted that it makes sense for the Spanish club to consider selling the 23-year-old.
With that in mind, it seems as though several clubs across Europe have been alerted as potential suitors for the Portugal international.
The Latest: Newcastle named as Felix suitor
In a recent report from a Spanish newspaper, Newcastle, alongside Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and PSG, have been named as the six options for the Portuguese star, who reportedly has a release clause worth €350m (£300m).
The report does add however that despite their financial capabilities, Newcastle are not likely to make the move for Felix as they don’t want to run afoul of Financial Fair Play.
The Verdict: An opportunity for Newcastle?
With three appearances to his name for Portugal in this latest World Cup tournament, Felix has scored one goal and provided two assists, earning himself an overall performance rating of 7.46/10 from WhoScored, making him the third-highest rated player in Fernando Santos’ squad.
His performances in Qatar have also been described as “magnificent” on Twitter by journalist Babatunde Koiki, which further highlights how much of an impressive attacking figure he is.
Taking all of this into account, despite Newcastle’s apparent reluctance to spend big money on players, the Magpies should at least explore the possibility of signing the Atletico star, even if it means selling some players to balance the books.