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The recent attempt to add attack reinforcements underscores the Catalan club’s difficult market position
Atletico Madrid have rejected a loan offer from Barcelona for striker Joao Felix, Goal understands, and has refused to enter into negotiations on the threshold of the transfer deadline.
The offer was made through agent Jorge Mendes, where Blaugrana expressed enormous interest in a player they have targeted in the past.
But Atletico Madrid do not have to sell, and they consider Felix the crown jewel for the club’s future and therefore do not think about letting go of a player with his talent – even less 24 hours before the market closes.
How is the situation in Felix expected to develop?
Atletico Madrid will inform Barcelona and Mendes that the sale of Felix is not an option at the moment, as they look set to win La Liga for the second season in a row.
So there is no expectation that the approach Ronald Koeman and Co. will lead to movement of the player.
Record in Atletico Madrid
The 21-year-old arrived in Spain as a teenager for € 126 million. (£ 122 million) and has since been a regular player under Diego Simeone.
In 58 La Liga appearances, he has scored 13 goals and assisted six times. He is also involved internationally with Portugal.
However, Felix has yet to make his full mark and Atletico Madrid are hoping this could be his breakout season.
Barcelona have been forced to think differently in this window as the organization’s financial crisis has wiped out their ability to spend big money and forced the shock exit of Lionel Messi.
Last weekend, Koeman admitted that his side could not hope to compete with other top clubs for signings before the money returns.
“I understand what people who love this club can feel, but the financial situation is what it is,” Koeman said via SPORT. “It’s frustrating, but you have to be realistic. Economically, we can’t compete with Paris, City or United. That’s right and we have to accept it.
Trying a late loan move for Felix is not the type of overture Barcelona usually make, and the rejection from Atletico Madrid could make their difficult summer sting even more so.