Arsenal report: Gunners cool interest in Joao Felix for one key reason

Joao Felix
Joao Felix could be on his way out of Atletico Madrid next month (Image credit: PA)

Arsenal have cooled their interest in Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix due to the Spanish side's asking price, according to reports.

The Portugal international could be on his way out of the Civitas Metropolitano in the January transfer window.

Atletico (opens in new tab) executive Miguel Angel Gil recently conceded that the Spanish outfit may look to cash in on the former Benfica (opens in new tab) star.

"He is the biggest investment the club has ever made and I think he is at the highest level in the world in terms of talent," he told TVE (opens in new tab).

"But for reasons that are not worth going into now - the relationship with the coach, the number of minutes he is playing, his motivation - the reasonable thing is that if there is an offer that is good for the player and the club, that we at least analyse it. I would love him to continue, but that is not the player's idea."

But according to talkSPORT (opens in new tab), Arsenal (opens in new tab) have reservations about meeting the loan fee Atletico are demanding for the attacker, who is valued at £43m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).

The La Liga outfit are holding out for £8m to allow Felix to leave the club on a temporary basis until the summer.

The Gunners, together with fellow suitors Chelsea (opens in new tab) and Manchester United (opens in new tab), are hesitant to meet that demand.

Arsenal are in the market for a new forward after Gabriel Jesus was ruled out of action for several weeks with a knee injury.

However, the north Londoners may opt to stick with Eddie Nketiah during Jesus' absence.

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Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).