Atlético de Madrid coach Diego Simeone has refused to rule out the possibility that transfer sign Joao Félix will leave the club in January.
The 22-year-old has struggled to consistently replicate his best form since Atlético broke their transfer record to sign the forward from Benfica for $ 142 million in 2019.
Injuries and increased competition also mean he’s found regular first-team opportunities limited this term, sparking rumors of an outing during the winter window.
FourFourTwo cites Spanish reports that English Liverpool could be preparing a reduced-price offer of $ 83 million for the talented attacker.
Simeone wants more from Joao Félix
Felix’s problems this season have been exacerbated by an ankle injury he sustained while playing for Portugal at Euro 2021 that caused him to miss the start of the season, before suffering a calf problem in November.
The summer signings of Matheus Cunha and Antoine Griezmann further limited their chances, with Felix making just six starts in all competitions so far, scoring just once.
When asked if the forward would seek to secure a move away from the club next month, Simeone told a press conference: “I always understand everything, I am open to everything.
“The most important thing is the team. Joao is an important piece of our team.”
However, Simeone also seemed to offer Felix an olive branch, revealing how impressed he was with his second-half substitute appearance against Real Madrid last weekend in a 2-0 La Liga loss.
“He has to repeat performances like the one he gave the other day at the Bernabéu,” added Simeone. “He played 30-35 minutes and showed all the talent he has. Hopefully he will repeat it, because that is the player we need.”
“I’ve talked to him a lot. I have nothing to explain to you about what to work on the inside.
“When you watch Joao for a few minutes, you realize that he is a great player. He is going through a growth situation, we have seen him with Portugal and perhaps here as well. It is about maturing and growing to find the consistency that football demands . “