Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes Joao Felix transfer decision because of four stars

Manchester United admire Joao Felix but don’t have the Atletico Madrid star on their list of transfer targets, reports say. The Portugal international has been linked with the Red Devils having failed to settle in La Liga since his big-money move from Benfica in the summer. But United have other players on their radar with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to make four signings.

Felix was backed to join United 12 months ago after shining for Benfica over in Portugal.

The 20-year-old scored 20 goals in his final season at his boyhood club, sparking interest from Europe’s elite in the process.

In the end Atletico moved for the youngster, paying a huge £113million in order to bring the player to Spain as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann – who was sold to Barcelona.

But Felix has struggled for form in the time since, only finding the net six times across all competitions.

That’s led to talk he could be about to move to United when the transfer window reopens, with Solskjaer on the lookout for a new striker.

But Bleacher Report say that, though the Red Devils admire the Portugal international, they won’t be moving for him.

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And that’s because they’ve got other players on their radar, with Solskjaer hoping to make as many as four signings this summer.

Top of his list is a striker.

That won’t be Harry Kane, with United deeming the Tottenham star to be too costly at a fee of £200m.

And with Felix being ruled out, too, the Red Devils could end up signing a lesser-known target instead.

Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele are both admired but RB Leipzig and Lyon respectively are set to demand big money for their star assets.


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United want a winger, with Jadon Sancho on their radar.

And they’d also like to finish the transfer window with a midfielder and defender in their squad amid ongoing links to Jude Bellingham and Dayot Upamecano.

All this means Felix is likelier to stay at Atletico than leave, with Diego Simeone still hoping the forward can come good.

And, speaking recently, the 20-year-old admitted that he’d failed to hit the heights expected of him over at the Wanda Metropolitano.

But he insisted he was happy with life at Atletico, saying: “It is a dream for any player to be able to play in one of the best teams in the world.

“Atletico is one of them.

“I had several clubs chasing me but I ended up choosing Atletico because it was the one I liked the most and I think it will give me the best conditions to progress in my career.

“We work very well together and that is positive.”

He then added: “I just play to have fun. You don’t have to think you’re going to be the next Ronaldo or that you’re going to win this or that.

“You just have to have fun and enjoy the moment to the fullest.”

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