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Arsenal have held talks with Atletico Madrid over a move for forward Joao Felix

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Arsenal have held talks with Atletico Madrid over a move for forward Joao Felix

Arsenal have held talks with Atletico Madrid over a move for forward Joao Felix… with Mikel Arteta’s side aiming to negotiate a lower loan fee as they look to add the Portugal international and Mykhailo Mudryk to their team

  • Arsenal have held talks with Atletico Madrid over a move for forward Joao Felix
  • The Gunners are hoping to negotiate a lower loan fee for the Portugal star
  • Mikel Arteta’s side want to add Felix and Mykahilo Mudryk to their squad

Arsenal have held further talks with Atletico Madrid to try and lower the loan fee for out-of-favour forward Joao Felix.

Felix was heavily linked with a move away from Spain in January after struggling to hold down a regular starting place in Diego Simeone’s side this term.

The Gunners are looking to strengthen their attacking department in the upcoming window and hope they can bring the Portuguese forward to London.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are in talks to sign attacking reinforcements in the January window

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are in talks to sign attacking reinforcements in the January window

Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix emerged as a potential loan option for Arsenal in January

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix emerged as a potential loan option for Arsenal in January

The north London side were interested in taking Felix on loan but the Spanish club demanded £13m, plus additional fees, bringing the deal to around £16m for the rest of the season.

Mikel Arteta’s side hope to negotiate this fee in order to arrange a potential move for the Portuguese international – who has three goals and three assists from his 12 appearances in the Spanish top flight this season.

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Mikel Arteta’s side are in the market for a new attacker and hope to add both Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk to their set-up during the January transfer window.

The Gunners are actively pursuing Shaktar Donetsk star Mudryk however face competition from London rivals Chelsea for the Ukrainian’s signature.

Felix is ​​only available on loan, although the fees demanded are too much for Arsenal

Felix is ​​only available on loan, although the fees demanded are too much for Arsenal

Chelsea are looking to hijack Arsenal's deal for Shaktar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk

Chelsea are looking to hijack Arsenal’s deal for Shaktar Donetsk star Mykhailo Mudryk

Felix joined the Spanish club for £120million – one of the most expensive deals of all time – from Benfica in the summer of 2019, however he has struggled at the Madrid side.

His performances during the World Cup – contributing a goal and two assists – suggest there is more to come from a once revered player.

As Felix has a contract with Atletico until 2026, it will take a significant amount to lure him in and therefore Premier League sides believe a loan would be more realistic.

The forward fell out of favor with Diego Simeone's side throughout his time at Madrid

The forward fell out of favor with Diego Simeone’s side throughout his time at Madrid