Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has taken the lead in the race to sign sensational forward Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid, leaving Manchester United behind in the pursuit of the Portuguese superstar. Betfair, the renowned bookmakers, have adjusted their betting markets after reports that Felix is highly interested in a move to Ligue 1 this summer.
Joining Atletico Madrid for a whopping £113 million from Porto in 2019, Felix still has four years remaining on his contract, which extends until 2027. However, his future at the Civitas Metropolitan Stadium has become increasingly uncertain due to his strained relationship with manager Diego Simeone, which originated before Felix’s move to Chelsea. Recent reports suggest that the 23-year-old was isolated from the first-team players during a training session and instead joined the academy players.
According to a report by Thesun.co.uk, a loan deal seems more probable considering the significant drop in Felix’s transfer value and Atletico Madrid’s astounding release clause. Initially, Manchester United was favored with odds of 13/8 earlier this week, following claims by Spanish publication ABC that negotiations were underway. However, their odds have slightly weakened to 5/2 after today’s revelation that Felix is firmly committed to a move to the French capital.
The allure of playing in the UEFA Champions League and competing for domestic titles is said to be the driving force behind Felix’s eagerness to join Paris Saint-Germain. However, there have been no direct contact from the French club towards the player, as per AS. Other clubs are also vying for Felix’s services, with Newcastle United (14/1) and Aston Villa (9/2) emerging as potential suitors. Newcastle United can offer Champions League football, while Aston Villa would provide Europa Conference action.
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