Liverpool had been reportedly prepared to swap Darwin Nunez for Joao Felix this summer season however the Atletico Madrid star rejected them, together with Manchester United to power a ‘dream’ mortgage transfer to Barcelona. Felix fell out of favour with supervisor Diego Simeone and is hoping to safe a everlasting transfer away from Civitas Metropolitan Stadium.
A number of golf equipment made switch presents for the 23-year-old however Felix selected a brief transfer to Barcelona as a substitute. Amongst them had been Liverpool, who in keeping with Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, had been open to the thought of sending Nunez the opposite method with the intention to purchase his companies.
Felix would go on to snub the Reds in addition to Man Utd, Aston Villa and Al-Hilal as he moved to Barcelona on deadline day. The Portugal worldwide was so eager to play for the Catalonians that he halved his £12.5m a 12 months wage with the intention to facilitate the deal.
Felix additionally prolonged his contract at Atletico till 2029 when he accepted a discount in wages. This comes after a irritating mortgage spell at Chelsea final season.
Though he confirmed glimpses of the potential that earned him a staggering £113m transfer to Atletico from Benfica in 2019, he was finally hampered by accidents and struggled to adapt to the English recreation. The Blues had been given an choice to purchase Felix following his six-month mortgage however new supervisor Mauricio Pochettino opted in opposition to it.
Felix’s deal at Barcelona does not embrace an choice for a everlasting switch and it’s unlikely the cash-strapped Spanish giants would have the cash required to prize him away from Atletico subsequent summer season even when they needed to.
Barca are handcuffed by Monetary Honest Play rules after they had been handed a £430,000 wonderful “for wrongly reporting, within the monetary 12 months 2022, earnings on disposal of intangible belongings (aside from participant transfers) which aren’t a related revenue below the rules,” UEFA stated in an announcement.
The Catalan membership had been in extra of their spending restrict and needed to promote a number of key first-team gamers with the intention to adjust to FFP guidelines. Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Franck Kessie, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba all departed this summer season with the intention to stage Barca’s books.