In January, Erik ten Hag’s team expressed interest in recruiting Joao Felix as they considered their options for replacing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Felix eventually moved to Chelsea, where he has scored twice in seven league outings. At the same time, United signed Wout Weghorst on loan from Burnley.
According to the most recent information from Spanish media, Felix may require a price of £80 million ($97.8 million) to secure him permanently in the summer.
The teenager is allegedly on Ten Hag’s wishlist of offensive players for the summer. It is said that United lost interest in him even after he refused to pay the loan fee in January.
But now, in the footballing circles, the news is that United might make Felix a new offer in the summer. According to the source, Manchester United has kept tabs on Felix’s progress at Chelsea.
Given the £80 million price tag Atletico has placed on the former Benfica star, it is understood that Chelsea are still debating whether to make Felix’s loan move permanent.
And given that Erik ten Hag has more urgent responsibilities in the summer, that inflated price could significantly impact Manchester United’s ability to rush in and sign Felix.
The Dutchman is rumored to be looking for an exceptional No. 9. Victor Osimhen and Harry Kane have been mentioned as potential targets for United. However, both would command a high price.
It is still being determined whether Ten Hag or the Old Trafford management would approve such a significant transfer for Felix, significantly if it would limit their capacity to recruit a top-tier striker, given their need for an established No. 9.
Interestingly enough, Chelsea might find herself in a similar predicament, leaving Felix in a bind. Graham Potter, the Blues manager, has emphasized that he has been impressed with the Atletico star since he arrived.
Still, it is also rumored that the Londoners plan to sign a classic No. 9 in the summer. It would be interesting to see where Felix ultimately lands.