Arsenal offered Felix with no buy obligation but they want someone else

Arsenal has been offered a chance to sign Joao Felix on loan in January with no obligation to buy, according to Ben Jacobs on Twitter, but the Gunners have another priority.

Atletico Madrid is desperate to ship out Felix after he fell out with Diego Simeone over playing ideas, and they want him to spend the next six months at another club.

Arsenal has lost Gabriel Jesus for a few months and wants to sign another attacker to bolster their group.

Felix is on their wishlist and Atleti’s desire to ship him out should help them make the decision in the next transfer window.

However, Jacobs wrote in another tweet that the Gunners are focused on completing a transfer for Mikhalo Mudryk at the moment.

This means another suitor could swoop and add Felix to their squad before Arsenal is ready to complete the transfer.

Just Arsenal Opinion

Felix is a terrific player, but we cannot sign all our targets and must prioritise the most important of them to our manager.

Mikel Arteta has watched both players. If he believes he needs Mudryk more, we must support him and add the Ukrainian to the squad first.

If there is still time, space and money, we could bring Felix to the Emirates before the window closes.

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10 Comments

  1. This is the Man City bench today:
    Kyle Walker
    Kalvin Philips
    Joao Cancello
    A Laoprte
    Bernado Silva
    Sergio Gomez
    Phil Foden
    Julian Alvarez (absent)

    They can fill a second team and still defeat any team in the PL.
    We need an attacker, a Partey cover-up and a left center back to be able to compete for the title. W

    We know what Partey’s absence cost us last campaign. Kroenke cannot afford to play any games. This opportunity may not come by again so soon

  2. £8 mil for sign on fee and a further £8 mil in salary to complete a half season loan, Nah

    £16 Mill for a misfiring striker sounds like an high way robbery.

    Maybe they are trying to recover some of Thomas Parttey transfer fee

  3. It may not be one or the other as according to David Ornstein we are trying to sign both Mudryk and Felix but Shakhtar’s asking price and Athletico’s loan fee need to come down. Seems like the club really believe we can push for the title, should we pull off both deals it would be a massive statement of intent to rest of the league.

  4. Seems clear to me that MA, though he might well take Felix if the price were a deal lower than it is, even for just a loan, MA is actually really DETERMINED to land Mudryk.

    I just don’t see any REAL sign of MA being esp keen on Felix. At very best I think MA sees him as a decent squad player, but NOT the one he truly wants and NEEDS.

    JUST MY TAKE, BUT AS EVER I think through all my posts first and do not post just for the sake of writing, as so many others seem to do.

  5. According to David Ornstein Arsenal ARE after Joao Felix. If we want to compete with City, Liverpool etc, we will need the best of the best. Joao Felix, Mudryk, and perhaps even Sergej Milinković-Savić, are the best of the best.

  6. Why would we want to sign ANYONE on a six month loan?

    MA wants / needs to build his squad with (in his words) better players who will improve the squad and, if Felix is the real deal, why not just go and get him?

    Same goes for Mudryk – let’s do what Liverpool and Chelsea have already done and seal the deals for the players MA wants.

    1. Because Mudryk is already going to take up a large chunk of the transfer budget, so I doubt we could afford to buy both him and Felix outright with a central midfielder signing also said to be on the agenda and it would appear Athletico are willing to loan him out, so what is the harm in bringing him for six months and if it works out then we can attempt to sign him permanent deal in the summer, like we did with Odegaard.

      1. So your saying that we cannot afford to pay top money for, supposedly, top talent then?

        By the time he settles in to the PL and MA’s style of play, Felix’s loan period will be over and then what?

        Settle for a cheaper option as has been what happened in the past?

        I hope and believe the Kronkies will back MA, if he wants a certain player.

        1. No Ken, What I’m saying is to buy both players ‘in the same transfer window’ will cost well over £100M and that is why I can’t see that happening especially in a ‘January Window’, which is an amount of money we have never spent in January before and so we have no past evidence to suggest we will do that. However that is where the £8M loan deal comes into play but reports so far say it would only be a straight loan which like you I agree would not be the best deal to agree to because as you say if he really excels here it allows Athletico to demand a bigger transfer fee in the summer and other clubs to try and hijack him. That is why I think the club will try to negotiate a set price with Athletico whether that comes in the form of option or obligation to buy so we have first refusal to sign him in the summer and should that prove unsuccessful I believe we would walk away from this deal.

  7. The way the OP is addressing transfer as if it is like playing a match is funny, he said we wont have time to pursue Felix because we are concentrating on signing Mudryk, Idont understand how you need to finish one transfer before you can start pursuing another

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