According to journalist Rudy Galetti, there appears to be positivity surrounding the potential addition of the 23-year-old, with the Red Devils seemingly eyeing an initial loan deal with the option to buy for a fee close to €100m (£88m).
Writing on Twitter about that developing story, the transfer insider stated: “Talks between #ManchesterUnited and #Atleti for Joao #Felix are progressing well. Under discussion an onerous loan with option to buy (around €90m/100m). After an initial closure, now the [Spanish] club seems open to evaluate this type of solution.”
The 28-cap starlet is believed to be keen on making the switch to the Theatre of Dreams, with reports last month having claimed that United are the forward’s “preference” should he depart the Wanda Metropolitano this month.
The former Benfica ace – who previously scored 20 goals and provided 11 assists in just 43 games for the Lisbon outfit – is facing an uncertain future in the Spanish capital, having started just six La Liga games under Diego Simeone this season.
Despite that lack of action, the “special” talent – as lauded by teammate Alvaro Morata – still has seven goal contributions to his name in the league this term, having also registered one goal and two assists at the World Cup in Qatar.
Should Erik ten Hag and co bring the dynamic forward to the club this month, the hope would be that he can replicate the impact of another striker who traded life at Atleti for Manchester in the form of Sergio Aguero, with the now-retired Argentine having previously shone for United’s arch-rivals, Manchester City.
As much as it may pain those at Old Trafford to admit, the prolific marksman was something of a revelation for the Etihad outfit following his £38m arrival in England back in 2011 – then aged 23 – having gone on to score 260 goals in just 390 games for the Cityzens.
The former Independent man memorably broke Red Devils’ hearts at the end of his debut campaign after scoring on the final day to clinch title glory for Roberto Mancini’s men, with that strike perhaps the most important of the 184 Premier League goals that he would amass during his decade-long stint at the club.
That transfer proved immensely fruitful for all parties, with the aim now for United to replicate the success of their long-time foes and snap up another star from Madrid in Felix.
With Ten Hag desperately searching for a new striker, the 5 foot 11 menace could well prove the ideal solution.