Arsenal report: Gunners now lead the race for Joao Felix

Arsenal are at the front of the line for Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix, and the unsure striker is looking to leave the Spanish capital soon.

Felix arrived in 2019 for a nine-figure fee to replace Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann, but life in La Liga has been tougher than expected. Rumors of him not getting along with manager Diego Simeone have been a constant throughout his Madrid career, with numerous rumors linking him during his three-and-a-half year spell.

However, performances at the World Cup – most notably in Portugal’s 6-1 victory over Switzerland – have shown exactly what the 23-year-old is capable of. With Atletico finishing bottom of their Champions League group in the autumn, Felix may well be persuaded to leave – and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a reported fan of the player.

Mikel Arteta is apparently a fan of Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix (Image credit: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

According to the Spanish outlet Marka (opens in new tab), Arsenal are now in the best position to try and sign Felix. Aston Villa and their new manager Unai Emery, formerly of Arsenal, are also said to be interested, but cannot offer a deal as attractive as the north Londoners.

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