Transfer insider Dean Jones reckons that Manchester City could try and sign Joao Felix as an alternative to Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.
Having missed out on Kane last summer, Pep Guardiola’s side are likely to look to bring in a striker of some sort ahead of next season.
What’s the latest news involving Felix?
Manchester City are still on course to win the domestic treble, so they’re not exactly feeling the effects of failing to bring in a striker ahead of this season.
However, City are planning on signing a marquee frontman this summer as they look to continue their recent domination of English football.
Kane could be available, although the Tottenham striker isn’t likely to decide on his future until the end of the season. Should they miss out on the England captain, they are in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who has a £67m release clause.
If City fail to convince either of those to move to the Etihad Stadium, Jones reckons that 22-year-old, Felix, who scored against Manchester United in the Champions League earlier this week, could become an option for Guardiola.
What did Jones say about Felix?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “Manchester City have seriously looked at Joao Felix for some time, and if their main plans – Kane and Haaland – don’t work out, it would not surprise me at all to see them try to sign the Atletico Madrid star instead.
“People close to the situation have left me in no doubt about how much he is admired within City.”
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How has Felix performed for Atletico?
When Felix made the switch to Atletico Madrid from Benfica back in 2019, he was the fifth most expensive player in football history.
But the attacker has struggled to live up to that price tag in the Spanish capital, scoring just 24 goals in two-and-a-half seasons.
As a result, Felix has found himself on the bench on several occasions this term. He did miss six games due to injury and illness, but the youngster has made just seven starts in La Liga this season, highlighting his struggles since making the big-money switch from Benfica.
Felix has particularly impressed in the Champions League, scoring seven goals in 19 appearances, but his move to Atletico is yet to pan out how he probably hoped it would.