Joao Felix opens up on failed Manchester United transfer

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By Martin Graham | 10th Sep 2022

Joao Felix has spoken about speculations suggesting that Manchester United offered a British record transfer fee for his services. The Portugal international currently plays for Atletico Madrid and has a £350m release clause in his contract.

Manchester United were busy this summer pursuing several players to boost the squad. The management admitted that the team before the arrival of Erik Ten Hag was not of the standard required at Old Trafford and went all out to beef it up. The Red Devils had several players on their wishlist but were successful in some and failed to land others.

Erik Ten Hag wants to rebuild the squad and turn Manchester United into an English and European force again. Several players in the team have no business at Manchester United, but it is difficult to offload them, and their top targets were reluctant to join the Red Devils.

Some players that failed to arrive at Old Trafford include Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, Cody Gakpo, Jurien Timber and Joao Felix. The failure to land these targets saw United paying an outrageous fee for Brazilian winger Antony. The Red Devils were particularly irked by their failure to land Portuguese talent Joao Felix, with Atletico Madrid refusing to negotiate a sale. The Portugal international opened up recently on the interest of the Red Devils.


Joao Felix breaks silence since failed United interest

Following the failure of Manchester United to sign Portugal international Joao Felix, the forward has maintained silence on why he is still an Atletico Madrid player. There have been rumours surrounding the player’s position on the failed transfer, but Felix opened up recently in an interview with Marca.

In the wide-ranging interview, Felix told Marca that he didn’t hear anything and it was something for the president to handle. According to the 23-year-old, what matters is that he is currently with the Colchoneros.

Felix added that he feels good and is confident. Felix was asked about his goal contribution to the team, and the Portuguese said he works to score goals, and the team helps him. Felix hopes that the relationship continues. He said he feels he ought to do everything to help the club and the team.


Joao Felix said he would try and show his worth to the team, and if his teammates see him as a leader, things would work better. Felix believes that with these ingredients, the team would be more connected.

The season so far for Felix

Joao Felix had a £350m release clause in his contract, but despite this, Atletico Madrid was unwilling to sell. The Red Devils eventually settled for Antony, signing the Brazilian winger from Ajax in an £84m deal. The signing of Antony should douse the interest in Felix for now, with Erik Ten Hag overseeing a record summer transfer spend of £202m.

Felix is yet to score this season. He has made five appearances but has racked up a hat-trick of assists for the Spanish club in La Liga. He pulled off the feat in their recent 3-0 victory over Getafe, earning him the man of the match. The Portugal international insists that his lack of goals is not a worry for him. Felix has been entrusted with a more important role in the team.


Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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