Manchester United are still interested in signing Chelsea loan star Joao Felix and could make a move for the player in the summer, according to reports.
The Portuguese star has been impressive since moving to west London on loan from Atletico Madrid in January, netting twice in the Premier League – most recently in the 2-2 draw against Everton.
Atletico Madrid are keen to secure a permanent deal for Felix in the summer, with the attacker having an uneasy relationship with manager Diego Simeone.
The club have also performed excellently since Felix left and are unbeaten in La Liga since his last game, dropping just four points in that time and scoring 18 goals.
Chelsea are still considering to turn the 23-year-old’s loan spell into a permanent move, with Atletico’s £80m asking price a huge stumbling block.
Graham Potter has been very happy with Felix’s impact and displays, though there is a feeling that such a massive outlay might be better spent on a more orthodox number nine.
United had also looked into the possibility of signing Felix in January but were put off by Atletico’s demands, with Chelsea agreeing to pay a loan fee of around £10m as well as taking on his massive wages.
But now Spanish newspaper AS claim United could return with a new offer for Felix in the summer.
The Red Devils never dropped their interest and have continued to monitor his displays for Chelsea, while there is a feeling that Atletico might be more open to negotiate in the summer.
Potter spoke glowingly about Felix this month, saying: ‘Well we’re really happy with him – provided he’s not tackling anybody on the half-way line!
‘His quality is clear, in terms of: he can receive the ball in tight spaces, makes things happen from an attacking perspective. I think he’s hit the bar twice, scored as well and had some other chances. So he’s got that quality as well to finish.
‘The fact that he can play in a few positions is good. We’ve tended to use him more centrally but he has the ability to play pretty much anywhere in the attacking phase of the game.’