Barcelona to Use Griezmann Tactics to Sign Joao Felix From Atletico Madrid

Barcelona to Use Griezmann Tactics to Sign Joao Felix From Atletico Madrid

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 7, 2023 at 2:21 PM
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  • Barcelona are ready to sign Joao Felix permanently from Atletico Madrid
  • Felix has impressed the Catalan club’s hierarchy while on loan this season
  • Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are eager to finalise a deal before next summer

Joao Felix’s dream move to Barcelona could become permanent as the Catalan club decided to sign the Portugal forward from Atletico Madrid next summer.

The 23-year-old forward, who joined the reigning La Liga champions on loan this summer, has become one of Barcelona’s key players under Xavi Hernandes this season.

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Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann involved in a pre-match handshake before Atletico Madrid's 1-0 defeat at Barcelona. Photo by NurPhoto
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According to GOAL, Atletico Madrid wants between €70 and €80 million for Felix, which is way more than La Blaugrana’s evaluation of the forward as they plan to make an offer of €30 to €40 million for the former Benfica starlet.

Barcelona, however, have a backup plan of using the Antoine Griezmann format to sign their target next summer by requesting to take him on loan again next season if their initial offer is rejected.

The Catalans aim to take advantage of Felix’s unwillingness to return to Atletico. They will aim to drive down the price for the Portugal forward, whose sole goal condemned his parent club to a 1-0 defeat on Sunday, December 3.

How Griezmann forced Felix's exit

Meanwhile, the arrival of Antoine Griezmann back to Atletico Madrid Madrid prompted Joao Felix’s decision to leave the La Liga club after being displeased by the decision, Football Espana reports.

Diego Simeone had spoken to the Atletico dressing room about the possibility of Griezmann returning last season, with all but Felix pleased with the idea because it meant reduced game time for him.

Felix’s lack of consistency in effort nor productivity forced Simeone to bring back Griezmann after the France forward had joined Barcelona in a big-money move in 2019.

Atletico players outraged at Felix

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Joao Felix scored the game-winning goal for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid on Sunday night and was delighted to celebrate against his parent club.

The Portuguese forward won a weak tussle with Nahuel Molina on the edge of the box to chip the ball past an onrushing Jan Oblak for a clever opener for the reigning La Liga champions.

Felix had been at the centre of a storm ahead of this clash with an ongoing war of words with his former teammates following his decision to leave Atletico in September.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..