The desire publicly expressed by Joao Félix to wear the Barça shirt requires making bobbin lace to be fulfilled, but if all parties point in the same direction, as it seems, and make an economic effort, it could even come true this week.
It turns out that the player has tightened the rope with some incendiary statements for the mattresses in which he assured that the culé club has always been his “first option”, that he “would love to join Barça” and that the Barça club is his “dream since he was a child”.
As soon as the journalist Fabrizio Romano, an expert in transfer matters, learned of the surprising statements by the Portuguese, Atlético conveyed their indignation to the player, considering them a lack of respect for the club with which he has a contract until 2027, the coaching staff headed by Cholo Simeone and his still teammates with whom he exercises during the preseason.
Once again, Atlético sent him to present an offer of around 100 million for his signing or, as a lesser evil, a club that accepts the transfer, pay him the 14 million gross that he receives per year at the rojiblancos, and accept a purchase option if possible.
The continuity of Joao Félix at Atlético is unfeasible, but the economic situation of Barcelona continues to be a headache for its managers. The Catalans still need to lighten the wage bill to be able to sign up Iñigo Martínez, Ilkay Gündogan and Oriol Romeu and in this context it does not seem like the best option to accommodate such an expensive player.
In this context, the options that Barcelona would have for the landing of Joao Félix go through that assignment with an option to buy or a barter. The first possibility did not go well for Atlético last year, since the Portuguese failed at Chelsea, who did not want to execute the transfer and returned the footballer to the Metropolitan. The second, would serve to lighten the wage bill in some way and would go through lowering the figures requested by the rojiblancos with players like Ferran Torres, Kessié or Ansu Fati, who at this moment are not on the front page of Xavi for the next course and who perhaps would welcome the Cholo team.
close other doors
Joao’s statements have not only not gone down well with Atlético but have also served to throw a jug of cold water on other suitors and close doors. Luis Enrique sees in Portugal a good option for his PSG if Mbappé finally packs his bags and other teams like Benfica, a club in which he exhibited the best version of him, would be interested in a hypothetical loan. But Joao Félix has taken a step forward and is thinking of Barcelona.
The ‘Menino’ has dazzled the culés fans, Xavi Hernández and the president Joao Laporta with his ordeal, since he is an old wish of the president. He was close to signing him in the winter market of 2022, since the two clubs even reached an agreement for a transfer and share ownership, but in the end Atlético backed down. Now, he assumes that Joao has gone from being his most expensive signing in history (127 million) to a problem.