Manchester City will reportedly consider a move for Joao Felix this summer if Harry Kane proves to be too expensive. the Portuguese international could be a superb addition to Pep Guardiola’s squad at the Etihad.
According to EuroSport, Tottenham Hotspur will demand a fee in the region of £150m for Kane this summer which is forcing the Citizens to consider alternative options as they look to bolster their attack ahead of next season.
The report claims that City have a long-held interest in the Atletico Madrid man which stretches back to his time with Benfica, with whom he seriously impressed before completing an eye-watering £113m move to Diego Simeone’s side in 2019.
After struggling in his first season with the club, the 21-year-old certainly played his part last season as Atletico won the La Liga title, as he contributed seven goals and five assists in 31 La Liga appearances, averaging a solid 6.73 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Although the Portugal international doesn’t boast the goalscoring record of a striker such as Kane, Romelu Lukaku or Erling Haaland, he would arguably be an excellent fit in Guardiola’s side next season due to his ability to play as a false nine or deeper in an attacking midfield role.
Last season we saw City regularly set themselves up without a natural striker on the pitch, with Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva all regularly playing as the furthest forward attacker and linking the play up, which Felix could be ideally suited for.
The youngster won a lot of plaudits during his time with Benfica, with Portuguese manager Carlos Carvahal singing his praises in 2019, saying:
“He knows how to find space well in the last line of defence, that is why he scores a lot and he shoots well with both feet. When he must connect the game between attack and midfield he does so very well. He’s a very good technical player.
“His characteristics are more near Kaka in my opinion, the way he drives the ball, connects play and his goals.”
He certainly seems like the sort of player that Guardiola would love to have in his squad next season, so sporting director Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider a move for the Atletico man this summer.