João Félix, the ‘forbidden’ dream of Joan Laporta

Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, CEO of Atlético de Madrid, and Mateu Alemany, general director of Barcelona, ​​had dinner this Thursday in a central Madrid restaurant after a LaLiga event. According to some information, the main topic of the meeting was a possible exchange between Griezmann and Morata, something to deny. This information has since been denied. Nevertheless, AS has learned that the name that was put on the table was that of João Félix. The 22-year-old Atletico striker is the ‘forbidden’ dream of Joan Laporta, who already tried to incorporate him this season through a loan with a purchase option, something that Atlético did not agree to.

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The talk about the Portuguese star this Wednesday It is the fourth carried out by both entities to deal with this matter. Joan Laporta is in love with João Félix and does not stop in his efforts to be able to sign him. The formula in no case would be through an assignment, but rather a transfer and with a sum greater than 100 million euros. Barcelona’s delicate economic situation would seem to make such an operation impossible, but Barca club sources assure that they will soon have the economic capacity to face several important signings.

As AS already published on December 7, João Félix welcomes being transferred, and Barcelona would be an ideal destination for him. Nevertheless, Atlético is not considering parting with the most ambitious bet in the entity’s history. The rojiblanco club paid 127 million to sign him from Benfica in 2019. Throughout the season his role has had ups and downs, but in the final stretch, until he was injured, he had become one of the pillars of the rojiblancos’ good run. In any case, Barcelona will not be the only club interested in João Félix. Throughout the summer, important offers are expected to arrive for him, especially from the Premier League.