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Spanish media name Arsenal as favourites for Joao Felix

Spanish media name Arsenal as favourites for Joao Felix


Portugal forward Joao Felix celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between Portugal and Ghana on November 24, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Portugal forward Joao Felix celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group H football match between Portugal and Ghana on November 24, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

David Ornstein reports for The Athletic that some who work in top-level recruitment think Joao Felix may be better suited to Arsenal than many of the alternatives, given the stylistic fit and the Gunners’ need to cover for Gabriel Jesus’ absence.

Ornstein reports that Felix has interest from several top clubs, some of whom believe he may even be available on loan. Though others think a permanent transfer is more realistic.

Marca reported on Monday that Arsenal appeared to be taking the lead in the race for Felix, with agent Jorge Mendes accelerating his efforts to find his client a new club.

But Fabrizio Romano plays down those claims, writing for CaughtOffside that his understanding is there are no favourites for Felix right now.

Felix’s agent is speaking to many clubs, and there’s nothing advanced with any individual side.

Romano adds that Arsenal have been informed of Felix’s situation, now that Jesus is injured. He emphasises that the key thing for the player is his game time.

If he’s leaving Atletico Madrid, the Portugal international doesn’t just want to swap one bench for another.

Portugal forward Joao Felix runs past Switzerland midfielder Edimilson Fernandes (back) during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium on December 6, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Portugal forward Joao Felix runs past Switzerland midfielder Edimilson Fernandes (back) during the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Portugal and Switzerland at Lusail Stadium on December 6, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Felix has started three of Atletico’s six Champions League games and five of their 14 league matches so far this season, so he’s been named on the bench more often than in the starting lineup.

Yet he showed what he can do at the World Cup, with a goal and two assists in his four starts at the tournament.

Capable of playing out wide or in a central role, Felix could be a good fit for Arsenal. But the competition for his signature suggests it would be an expensive move.





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