Manchester United report: Red Devils steal march on rivals in Joao Felix race

Joao Felix
Joao Felix celebrates scoring a goal for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (Image credit: Getty)

Manchester United have stolen a march on their rivals for the signature of Joao Felix, according to reports.

Several Premier League clubs have been alerted to the forward's probable availability in 2023, after Atletico Madrid executive Miguel Angel Gil confirmed that the Spanish side will consider any offers for the forward.

"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."

Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and Aston Villa have all been cited as potential destinations for the Benfica man.

According to the Daily Mirror (opens in new tab), United could have the edge as they have already held talks with Felix's agent.

The Portugal international, who is valued at £43m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab), is represented by Jorge Mendes.

Felix is thought to want Champions League football and United are not currently able to offer that, although they will hope to be back at Europe's top table next season.

United, who face Burnley in the EFL Cup next Tuesday, are currently fifth in the Premier League standings (opens in new tab).

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Several top clubs around Europe are tracking Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, (opens in new tab) but United are said to have "no chance" of winning the race for the midfielder.

The Red Devils have been dealt another transfer blow (opens in new tab), with PSV set to raise the asking price for Cody Gakpo after his impressive performances at the World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo has denied rumours (opens in new tab) that he is poised to join Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr, with the 37-year-old keen to prolong his career in Europe.

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