Arsenal favorite to sign Joao Felix on loan in January transfer window as Gabriel Jesus replacement.
According to Duncan Castles of The Record, Arsenal has a better chance than Manchester United of acquiring Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix on loan during the January transfer window.
After Gabriel Jesus sustained a knee injury, the Gunners will be looking for a new striker in the coming month.
After surgery, the Brazilian might be out for an additional 10 weeks.
Felix has been frequently associated with the team in recent weeks, and it is now being reported that he might be available on loan next summer without a buy option or commitment.
The amortization cost on the forward’s seven-year contract amounts to £16 million per season and Atletico reportedly wants 50 percent of the fee paid for a loan transfer this winter.
They also expect the player’s wages to be covered in full. Arsenal and
Man United are interested in the Portuguese but it is claimed that talks are ‘more advanced’ with the Gunners.
Joao Felix is determined to leave Atletico Madrid this winter after falling out with manager Diego Simeone over playing time.
It appears the Premier League could be his next destination and the Gunners now have the upper hand as they could guarantee him a regular starting role amid Jesus’ untimely injury.
Aside from the £8m loan fee, the north London giants will also have to pay his £240,000-a-week wages over the course of his temporary spell at the club.
Felix has scored or assisted in every 116 minutes for Atletico this term.
The intricate but exciting attacking football under manager Mikel Arteta could bring the best out of him at Arsenal.