Wolverhampton Wanderers are now keen on a move for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, according to a new report.
The Lowdown: Felix unsettled
Felix is believed to have a difficult relationship with Atletico manager Diego Simeone, which may pave the way for an exit from the club if an ‘option that’s good‘ arrives for both parties in the January transfer window, according to club CEO Gil Marin.
Plenty of European giants have been discussed as potential suitors for the Portugal international, with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United said to leading the way, although Paris Saint-Germain are pinpointed as the most likely destination.
The Latest: Wolves eyeing move
According to a report from 90min, Wolves are also in the mix to sign the 23-year-old, a deal that has not been dismissed outright due to manager Julen Lopetegui possessing considerable pulling power, which could bring about a move to Molineux, despite the magnitude of some of the other clubs linked.
While it is detailed that the La Liga club are holding out for at least £100m to sell the player on a permanent basis, it is also stated that a loan deal may now be the most likely scenario.
The Verdict: Amazing if possible
Given that Wolves are currently bottom of the Premier League table, being able to tempt a player who has previously been lauded as ‘world class‘ by Marin seems highly unlikely, but a move should still be pursued, even if there is a very remote chance of it happening.
If Wolves were able to utilise their long-standing link with agent Jorge Mendes, who the player is a client of, to make the deal happen, it would be a sensational signing, and one that would almost certainly fire them to safety, given his Champions League pedigree.
The marksman has netted seven goals in Europe’s elite competition for Atletico, displaying his ability to perform at the very highest level, while an average of 0.28 assists per 90 over the past year is indicative of his creative side, as this places him in the 90th percentile compared to other players in his position.
Felix is a class above the current options Wolves have available, and Lopetegui should throw everything at a January move.
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