Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid this summer, and the Portuguese forward could be the ideal man to replace Sergio Aguero in Pep Guardiola’s side.
According to the Daily Mail, the Argentinian is becoming frustrated at City due to a lack of first team opportunities and is looking increasingly likely to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires.
The report also suggests that this increases the chances of City signing a ‘marquee’ striker in the summer, with the club’s staff ‘firm admirers’ of Felix, who is finding his feet at Atletico after his £113m move from Benfica in 2019.
While the Daily Mail reported that ‘initial contact’ has been made with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland by Manchester City, Felix would arguably be a better fit if the Citizens were looking for a natural successor to Aguero.
Haaland is an exceptional talent but he stands at 1.94m (6 foot 4) and is renowned for his incredible pace and strength, whereas the Atletico forward is 1.8m (5 foot 11) and has a similar body type and playing style to the 1.73m (5 foot 8) Aguero.
During his time with Diego Simeone’s side, the 21-year-old has managed 19 goals and eight assists in 67 appearances, which isn’t majorly prolific, although his assists show that he gets involved with the build-up play with the Spanish side, whereas Haaland is more of a goal poacher.
Felix has taken his performances to another level this season after arguably struggling in his first year in Spain, as he has seven goals and four assists in La Liga in 23 appearances, which is already more than the six goals and one assist he managed in 27 league appearances last term.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is clearly a big fan of the youngster, having dubbed him an “outstanding talent” ahead of the Reds’ Champions League tie against Atletico last season.
In his time with Benfica, Felix managed 15 goals and seven assists in just 26 league appearances, so he clearly has the potential to be a serious threat when utilised in an attacking side, whereas Simeone’s Atletico have always been renowned as a defensive team.
Of course, Aguero is a goalscorer before anything else, but the 73 assists he has for City demonstrates that he often drops deep to play in wingers; and Felix could replicate this role superbly if sporting director Txiki Begiristain were to bring the £90m-rated forward to the Etihad Stadium this summer.