Barcelona’s bid to sign Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix has been rejected by the current league champions. He has made it clear that he has no plans to sell any of his best players with only a few hours left in the summer transfer window.
Catalan clubs are eager to add some creativity and goal-scoring risk to their squad following the departure of Lionel Messi, but their financial situation has limited the club’s authority. Barcelona’s pay rise and higher spending have seen them struggle. To register new signatures like Sergio Aguero, while they are not even allowed to sign new players.
According to the goal., Barcelona offered Felix to sign a loan from Atletico, but this is a deal that will not happen. The Madrid club have no need to sell players and Diego Simeone is expected to have a quiet transfer deadline when he is happy with the team.
The Catalan organization made its case through super agent Jorge Mendes, but Atletico has no interest in selling a player who is considered a valuable member of the club’s future. Ronald Koeman’s desire to strengthen his forward line remains a dream at the moment, with Barcelona unable to raise any large sums of money.
Felix did not regain his best form, which saw him earn 126 million euros (2 122 million) from Benfica in 2019. It should be his breakout year, when he can show why clubs lined up to sign him two seasons ago.
Barcelona’s latest effort to strengthen its squad reflects the current state of the club. Koeman admitted that he could not compete for the top spot until the financial situation was resolved. He hopes that people like Antonio Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho can step in and fill Macy’s empty boots.