How Man Utd could line up with Joao Felix and two other signings next season
Manchester United reportedly have Joao Felix on their list of transfer targets for the summer window. The Portugal international has struggled at Atletico Madrid ever since his eye watering £113million move from Benfica back in the summer. Yet, despite his issues in Spain, that hasn’t stopped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from eyeing the 20-year-old.
United’s preference for their attack remains Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
But Le 10 Sport say the Red Devils have earmarked Felix as an alternative, despite the player only scoring six goals for Atletico Madrid this season.
The Portugal international was linked with United 12 months ago but ended up moving to La Liga instead, becoming one of the world’s most-expensive signings in the process.
Felix’s issues at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, though, have fuelled talk he could be set to depart after just a single campaign.
So Express Sport will now look at how United could line up with the Portugal international in their ranks – as well as two other signings.
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With United seeing Felix as an alternative to Sancho, that means only one of the two players will arrive.
And, if that ends up being the Atletico star, then Solskjaer could play him on the right wing.
Felix would find it difficult to get into the United attack elsewhere given the fine displays of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial this season.
Rashford has sparkled on the left, while Martial has impressed through the middle.
And it’s feasible that United would opt to play the Atletico star on the right wing – which is where compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo made a name for himself at Old Trafford.
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Another summer priority for United is Jack Grealish, who is expected to touch down as Paul Pogba’s replacement.
There’s been talk of Pogba potentially staying but, ideally, the Red Devils would offload the 27-year-old for a big fee.
They’d then sign Grealish, who has impressed with his performances for Aston Villa in the top flight this season.
It’s recently been claimed that he raised eyebrows at Old Trafford by breaching government advice on isolation amid the coronavirus crisis.
But Solskjaer remains a big fan of the Villa star and would love to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams this summer.
United are still hopeful of signing Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City.
The 16-year-old is also wanted by German giants Borussia Dortmund, having caught the eye with some composed displays in the Championship this season.
United see him more as a ‘bonus’ signing but make no mistake about it: Ed Woodward still wants this one over the line.
Should he sign, he’d likely slot in alongside Bruno Fernandes in the middle of the park.
And that would allow the Red Devils to play Grealish in front of Felix, Martial and Rashford in attack.
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