PSG have reportedly joined the race to sign Atletico Madrid superstar Joao Felix, with Arsenal also believed to be interested in the Portuguese international ahead of the January transfer window.
According to Le Parisien, the Ligue 1 champions are keen to bring in a world-class attacker in January to provide competition and reprieve for Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. And Felix is now emerging as a potential candidate for PSG, who could move to sign the Atletico forward on loan.
The 23-year-old has endured a difficult season with Atletico, with Felix out of favour with Diego Simeone as an exit from the Spanish grows larger with each passing week. Yet with a reported release clause of £305m, the Colchoneros face a huge struggle in trying to offload the youngster, even with Arsenal also interested.
Journalist Paul Brown recently told Give Me Sport that the Gunners are big fans of the former Benfica wonderkid. Yet with PSG now interested in signing Felix, Arsenal could face an incredibly hard uphill battle to land the Atletico outcast in the January transfer window.
Indeed, whilst signings are expected to be made by Arsenal in the winter market, it is highly unlikely that Mikel Arteta will look to spend as much on a single player as Felix, who could easily cost the north London side a club-record transfer fee.
Moreover, with PSG now in the race for Felix and the French side more willing to gamble on a player such as the Portuguese attacker, there’s a strong chance that the forward could end up in Ligue 1 despite strong links to Arsenal in the past few months.
ARSENAL SHOULD NOT BE FAZED IF PSG WIN RACE TO SIGN FELIX
Arsenal’s need for an extra attacker in January is obvious, with Arteta playing a risky game relying on three players to lead the line without a sufficient backup. Yet as incredible as Felix is, the Gunners should be fazed if the forward signs for PSG in the coming months.
After all, Arsenal have worked wonders in the last few transfer windows in signing players they are 100% certain will add something to the squad, and whilst Felix is a sensational talent, the Atletico outcast isn’t exactly what the Gunners are looking for in the market.