The Spanish giants are said to have made the Portuguese striker available for a transfer this summer, which has opened up a huge opportunity for Tottenham to sign the 22-year-old.
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Tottenham Hotspur have been alerted to the possibility of signing Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix after reports he has been made available for a move by Diego Simeone, which could involve a daring swap deal involving Giovanni Lo Celso.
According to the Barca Times, via Express, Felix was offered to several European clubs after Simeone made him available for a transfer, putting Tottenham on red alert as they are still looking for a new striker.
With Lo Celso on the verge of leaving north London after losing under Antonio Conte last season, the Italian may look to use it as leverage to secure a deal for Felix, as Atletico had a previous interest in the Argentine.
After enjoying his best season with Atletico in 2021/22 with 10 goals and six assists in 34 games in all competitions, despite an injury that prematurely ended his season in April, the 22-year-old was named Atletico’s Player of the Year. Madrid in May.
However, since arriving in the Spanish capital from Portuguese side Benfica in July 2019 on a seven-year contract for €126m (£113m), making him the world’s fourth most expensive player at the time, Felix has truly failed to do so. Hit the expected heights of it.
The 22-year-old has scored just 30 goals in 110 games for Atletico in three seasons, and despite being named player of the season in the last season, Simeone has reportedly changed his stance on the striker and is willing to let him leave the team. club this summer.
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And with Spurs looking for a new striker ahead of next season, coupled with the fact that Atletico registered an interest earlier in signing Lo Celso, which Spurs are looking to move to this summer, it likely has opened up a huge opportunity for Conte. side.
Earlier this month, AS reported that Simeone is a huge fan of the 26-year-old and has been tracking him since his Real Betis days, with Atletico even trying to sign him in 2019 before they were beaten for his signature by Tottenham, who signed him for 45 million. pounds sterling three years ago.
After making 37 appearances in all competitions during his debut for Tottenham in 2019-20, Lo Celso then saw that figure drop to 28 the following year, before making 19 appearances last season before the January transfer window went out to Villarreal for the remainder. . from the campaign.
The Argentine became redundant under Conte, but rediscovered his form under Unai Emery in La Liga last season, while helping the Yellow Submarine on its impressive run to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. However, it is understood that he is still set to move from North London this summer.
And according to The Sun, Tottenham are willing to accept £17m for the 26-year-old. However, they can now consider using it in a player-plus-cash deal to secure the signature of Felix, who is expected to have a hefty price tag with four years left to run on his current deal.
With Felix previously linked with the likes of Barcelona, it could be tough to convince the Portuguese forward to move to English shores, but with the opportunity to work under Conte and ensure a Champions League survival on offer, it could be. hard to refuse.