How Atletico Madrid mocked Man Utd’s €130m Joao Felix bid
The Spanish side view Felix as one of their most important players as well as a leader in the dressing room and pointed to his €350m release clause when United made their approach.
While United sources denied the existence of a bid, it didn't stop Atletico from poking fun at the bid by posting a picture of their talismanic forward with the caption 'Priceless.'
Felix is believed to be happy at Atletico and feels loved by the fans and club, with the 22-year-old excited at being a key and influential figure going forward.
Atleti boss Diego Simeone has no intention of losing his star man, who has scored 21 goals in 83 La Liga games after joining from Benfica in 2019 for €126m.
United targeted Felix after having a €50m bid rejected for his teammate Matheus Cunha, with Atleti not willing to sell either.
Fans respond to Felix bid
United have been linked with more than 20 players since their 4-0 loss to Brentford which left them bottom of the Premier League for the first time in 30 years.
Among the players includes Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, with reports suggesting that United could double the Brazilian's €215,000 wages.
Some fans appeared to see the fun side of Atletico's post and responded with their own jokes about the situation.
Will we sign Casemiro or Joao Felix? pic.twitter.com/6nOP1osftV— Stephen (@StephenMUFC_) August 16, 2022
casemiro and joao felix 🤣 why don’t we throw in vini junior and benzema in while we’re at it.— Beth T (@bethTmufc) August 16, 2022
Rabiot & Matheus Cunha turned us down so let’s go for Casemiro & Joao Felix instead. United logic lol. https://t.co/0GVoPggnfh— Colin (@cmbfooty) August 16, 2022
However, others were quick to point out the suspicious nature of all the links, with fans brushing it off as PR and a distraction from the club's owners.
There were also warnings to Felix, with one fan tweeting: "As if Varane, Martial, Rashford and Sancho weren't enough, they now want to ruin João Félix's promising career as well. Don't do it Joao. They're are a graveyard for burying football players careers."
With just a few weeks left of the transfer window, United boss Erik ten Hag is hoping to sign up to five players, though it appears Felix is unlikely to be one of them.