Arsenal set sights on Portuguese forward Joao Felix
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Arsenal set sights on Portuguese forward Joao Felix

Arsenal set sights on Portuguese forward Joao Felix

23/02/2022; 2:59 PM Steven D. Thompson By : Steven D. Thompson

It is four months away from the end of the season, and every club knows where their priorities lie. The fight for the rest of the season is obvious, while the objectives are open for all to see. For Arsenal, there is quite some replacement to be made even as they continue to chase a top-four finish.

A top-four finish means Champions League football for Arsenal. It also means they need a deep squad to execute it. The Gunners have found the going easy this season, as they had no continental distractions. It allowed them to focus on returning to Europe, with the Champions League their dream.

Arsenal are in good stead to finish in the top four as Manchester United, Tottenham, West Ham, and Wolverhampton Wanderers have given them a lifeline. Towards a successful campaign next season, Arsenal are looking to sign Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal in search of a striker

Arsenal seem to have found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as the club continues to chase high profile attackers. In the January transfer window, Arsenal went in for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic but lost out to Juventus. The Gunners were ready to spend big for the Serbian, who preferred to remain in the Serie A.

The club lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January to Barcelona for free. The deal showed Arsenal was desperate to offload the Gabon international. The departure of Aubameyang has left their attack weaker. With Alexandre Lacazette to exit Arsenal in the summer, the North London club is out for a new striker.

Arsenal have a deep war chest to pursue a striker in the summer, and they have their radar on Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix. 

Felix has not quite lived up to the hype, but Arteta believes he can revive his career at the Emirates. Atletico Madrid would want to recoup a considerable portion of the £114 million spent bringing him to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Arteta to spend big in the summer

Arsenal have shown interest in Joao Felix. If the 22-year-old Portuguese forward were to leave, Arteta knows he would have to spend big, but the Spaniard seems adamant to bring Felix to the Emirates.

The former Golden Boy winner is top of Arteta’s list of potential signings. El Chiringuito, via Sport Witness, reports that Atletico is willing to let Felix go but want to recoup a considerable portion of the £114 million spent in signing him in 2019.

The problem with dispatching Felix is that it cost Atletico £114 million to sign him, and recovering that amount would only be possible if sold to the Premier League. Felix failed to fit into Simeone’s system and has been a failure at Atletico. He has scored 16 goals in 75 appearances, a poor return for a forward of his value.

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