Manchester United ready to hijack Chelsea’s move for £80million attacker

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Manchester United are ready to hijack Chelsea’s move for Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix, who is currently on loan at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season, according to Metro.

The report on Metro states: “Manchester United still retain interest in signing Chelsea loan star Joao Felix and could make a fresh move for the forward in the summer, according to reports.

“Atleti are keen to secure a permanent deal for Felix in the summer, with the forward having an uneasy relationship with manager Diego Simeone.

“Atletico have also performed excellently since Felix left and are unbeaten in La Liga since his last appearance, dropping just four points in that time and netting 18 goals.

“Chelsea are still weighing up whether or not to turn the 23-year-old’s loan spell into a permanent move, with Atletico’s £80million asking price a massive stumbling block.

“Graham Potter has been very happy with Felix’s impact and performances, though there is a feeling that such a massive outlay might be better spent on a more orthodox number nine.

“United had also looked into the possibility of signing Felix in the January window but were put off by Atletico’s massive demands, with Chelsea agreeing to pay a loan fee of around £10m as well as taking on his mammoth wages.

“But now Spanish newspaper AS claim the Red Devils could return with a fresh offer for Felix in the summer.

“The Red Devils never dropped their interest and have continued to monitor his performances for Chelsea, while there is a feeling that Atletico might be more open to negotiate in the summer than they were in the winter.

“However, that £80m price tag could also prove to be too steep for United, especially with Erik ten Hag favouring a move for a proven, elite goalscorer.”