Throughout their history, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been no strangers to captivating transfer dramas, often exchanging forwards in high-profile deals.
Notable forwards like Memphis Depay, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, and David Villa have been key figures to don the jerseys of both clubs.
Joao Felix has emerged as the newest addition to the list of players traded between the La Liga heavyweights.
Having joined Barcelona on loan in the last summer transfer window, his name continues to be brought up regularly in the newspapers.
While Atletico wishes to be reimbursed for the large sum they paid to Benfica for Felix, his future is up in the air.
Atletico open to another loan
Indeed, according to SPORT, Atletico Madrid are not sold on the idea of having Felix back next season.
The winger fell out with coach Diego Simeone and endured a rocky relationship with the Atleti fanbase.
To avoid harming the atmosphere once more, a successive loan spell for Felix is being contemplated by Los Rojiblancos.
The issue is that Joao Felix has declined following a strong start, and the Rojiblancos believe that the only option left to them is to part with him once more.
The option of Saudi Arabia appeals to the club, but Felix does not aspire to pursue his career there.
Barcelona prepared to retain Felix on acceptable terms
Recent reports claimed Joao Felix’s permanent sale to Barcelona would be negotiated by Atletico Madrid for a minimum of €70–80 million.
But since Barcelona are in no position to pull off such a financial heist, a second loan looks considerably more suitable.
In fact, the sporting director, Deco, has already reaffirmed the club’s desire to keep him, with the player also interested in a continual.
There are also reports that Barcelona has already agreed with the player to sign him, provided that Atletico Madrid offers a fair price and Barcelona has space in their budget.
As of right now, no talks have taken place between Barça and Atletico, and Jorge Mendes is taking advantage of the situation considering the Colchoneros are seemingly desperate to let him go.