Man Utd have four players Atletico Madrid may accept in Joao Felix swap deal

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Manchester United could introduce four players into negotiations with Atletico Madrid for Portuguese star Joao Felix. The Red Devils sent representatives to Spain this week with multiple transfer avenues to explore, and while Felix was on the agenda and a bid could be on its way, the whole operation could be made smoother by including one of the following quartet in a swap deal bid…

Cristiano Ronaldo

Signing the former Real Madrid megastar this summer would be a hugely controversial move by Atletico. But Chelsea and Bayern Munich have already distanced themselves from a potential signing, which may present an opportunity. 

Having asked to leave Old Trafford last month, Ronaldo’s partner would supposedly favour a move to Spain for the good of the family. The 37-year-old is keen to join a Champions League club with a chance of lifting the trophy this campaign and Atletico fit the brief. 

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Atleti boss Diego Simeone has already enjoyed success in the English right-back market with Kieran Trippier, who joined Newcastle in January. The Argentine has since replaced him with Nahuel Molina, but a lack of natural options at wing-back could see Los Colchoneros tempted by the prospect of signing Wan-Bissaka. 

While he has left plenty to be desired going forward, the 24-year-old’s defensive capabilities have never been in doubt and Simeone could nurse him back to the kind of form that saw United pay £50m to Crystal Palace three years ago. 

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Eric Bailly

Having traditionally favoured a back three, Simeone would naturally welcome the prospect of signing another centre-back. Bailly’s spell at Old Trafford has been a disaster and he has failed to rack up more than 13 Premier League appearances in a single season since 2016/17. 

Despite his lack of action, a host of clubs from around Europe are seemingly wise to his athleticism and potential. Roma, Monaco, Sevilla and Fulham have all shown an interest and Atletico could use him as a rotation option if United are happy to let him go with Felix heading in the opposition direction. 

Amad Diallo

Although not strictly necessary due to Simeone’s narrow 5-3-2 formation, the presence of a wide player could give Atletico an extra option from the bench. United fans are still waiting for Diallo to burst onto the scene after forking out a whopping £37m to sign the unproven teenager from Atalanta last year. 

He has only made nine senior appearances for the Red Devils but impressed on a short-term loan spell with Rangers last term and he could find a new lease of life in La Liga, with Atletico off to a fast start after beating Getafe 3-0 on Monday. 

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