Monday, January 30, 2023

‘More advanced’: Arsenal now favorites ahead of Man Utd to sign £240k-a-week player

‘More advanced’: Arsenal now favorites ahead of Man Utd to sign £240k-a-week player

 Duncan Castles of The Record asserts that Arsenal are more likely than Manchester United to sign Atletico Madrid player Joao Felix on loan during the January transfer window.

As a result of Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury, the Gunners will search for a new striker next month. After his surgery, the Brazilian may likely be out for an additional 10 weeks.

In recent weeks, Felix has been frequently connected to the club, and it is now rumored that he could be available on loan without an option or obligation to buy next summer.

The amortisation cost on the forward’s seven-year contract is £16 million every season, and Atletico reportedly wants 50% of the transfer money paid this winter for a loan transfer.

Aside from this, they seek full payment of the player’s salary. Arsenal and United are interested in the Portuguese, but it is rumored that negotiations with Arsenal are “more advanced.”

Felix is set to quit Atletico Madrid this winter after a dispute over playing time with manager Diego Simeone. He has played only 818 minutes with the first team.

As a result of Jesus’ unfortunate injury, it appears that the Premier League could be his next destination, and the Gunners now have the upper hand as they could offer him a regular starting berth.

The Portuguese player would be an obvious improvement over Eddie Nketiah in terms of skill and experience. Before Jesus’s return, the 23-year-old has a great opportunity to demonstrate his qualifications.

In addition to the £8 million loan charge, the north London giants will also have to pay his weekly salary of £240,000 for the duration of his loan.

If he were to stay until May 31, the interim deal would cost approximately £13 million, but Arsenal must take the risk if they want to win the Premier League title ahead of Manchester City.

Every 116 minutes, Felix has either scored or assisted for Atletico this season. At Arsenal, Mikel Arteta’s complicated yet enthralling brand of attacking football might help him reach his full potential.

‘More advanced’: Arsenal now favorites ahead of Man Utd to sign £240k-a-week player

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