Arsenal ‘want’ £114m striker as Atletico look to recoup fee

Arsenal are keen to bring Joao Felix to the Premier League with Atletico Madrid keen to recoup the huge transfer fee they paid for the striker, according to reports.

The Gunners will be looking to sign at least one striker in the summer transfer market after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was allowed to leave for Barcelona in January.

Aubameyang was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy before the club agreed to terminate his contract at the end of last month.

The Gunners could also lose both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah at the end of the season with the contracts set to expire and no sign of any potential agreements.

One striker who is interesting Arsenal is Atletico star Felix, who landed at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019 from Benfica for £114m.

He has only scored 23 goals in 100 matches for the Spanish giants with the 22-year-old struggling to continue his development into a world-class striker.

Felix – who Atletico beat off plenty of competition for – still has a contract until the summer of 2026 at Atletico but journalist Eduardo Inda claims the Spanish side would now be happy to see him go for the right price.

The Portugal international has struggled to fit into Diego Simeone’s system and, with Atletico eyeing Valencia’s Goncalo Guedes, they would be happy to try and recoup as much of the £114m fee they paid from Premier League side Arsenal.

“Joao Félix is a very good player. Arsenal want him,” Inda told El Chiringuito (via Sport Witness).

“Simeone, if he continues, wants to bring in Guedes. His objective is to change Joao Félix for Guedes.

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“The problem Atletico have is that he cost €120m, and getting him back is something that can only be done if he is sold to the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has hinted that Martin Odegaard could be the next permanent Arsenal captain after hailing the determination of the Norway international.

“We had a period with him where we could evaluate what Martin could bring to the club,” Arteta explained.

“We had no doubts. The club was brilliant to secure him in a really convincing way. Martin was really happy to join us because he had a really good time, he felt valued, he enjoyed what we are doing, he got a really good connection with the players and the supporters.

“He wanted to be part of the project. Since then he is getting better and better, and I am not surprised.

“The way he lives his profession, the way he likes to play football and everything he does is to become better.

“He has still a big margin. He wants it probably more than anyone else on that pitch, every single day. He will be top, top.”

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