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Man Utd have £114m bid for Atletico star Joao Felix ‘rejected’ in latest transfer blow | Football | Sport


Manchester United have failed with an astonishing late summer move for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix. The Red Devils were told Felix is not on the market after attempting to make him their record signing as Erik ten Hag scrambles for attacking reinforcements with two weeks of the transfer window remaining.

In response to Marca, and since confirmed by several other Spanish outlets, Atletico have rejected a £114million offer for the 22-year-old. When tabled the mammoth bid, which exceeds the £113m fee Los Rojiblancos paid Benfica for his services in 2019, club CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin made it clear that he wasn’t on the market.

The report claims that United first made their interest known on July 31, at some point after facing Atletico Madrid in Oslo in pre-season. But Marin ‘didn’t flinch’ after being told to expect an incoming offer value just like what they splashed for his signature three years ago.

United’s pursuit of Felix has been labelled ‘desperate’, and as a consequence of his significant role within the Portuguese star’s arrival, Marin snubbed any negotiations and referred to the £296m release clause in his contract. The Atleti chief believes that, after initial struggles, Felix will grow to be the world’s best player.

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Ten Hag is eager to bolster his attacking options this summer after inheriting a lean department after Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, and Edinson Cavani left the club on free transfers. But he’s faced frustration to date, missing out on Darwin Nunez to Liverpool, Ajax pricing him out of a move for Antony and United showing hesitance to sanction a reunion with Hakim Ziyech.

Concerns over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future have not helped the Old Trafford club’s depth issues, worsened by Anthony Martial’s early-season injury and Mason Greenwood’s ongoing suspension. But United’s football director John Murtough may have to show his focus elsewhere after being firmly turned away from the Spanish capital.

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