The late attempt to add attacking reinforcements highlights the difficult market position of the Catalan club
Atletico Madrid have rejected a loan offer from Barcelona for forward Joao Felix, Purpose understood, and refused to enter into negotiations before the transfer deadline.
The offer was made by agent Jorge Mendes, with the Blaugrana showing great interest in a player they had previously targeted.
But Atletico Madrid do not have to sell, and they consider Felix the crown jewel of the club’s future and therefore do not think about giving up a player of his talent – even less 24 hours before the market closes.
How Felix’s situation is expected to develop
Atletico Madrid will inform Barcelona and Mendes that selling Felix is not an option at this stage, as they want to win La Liga for a second consecutive season.
There is therefore no expectation that the approach that Ronald Koeman and Co will lead to movement of the player.
Record by Atletico Madrid
The 21-year-old arrived in Spain as a teenager for € 126m (£ 122m / $ 142m) and has been a regular player under Diego Simeone ever since.
In 58 La Liga matches, he scored 13 goals and assisted six times. He has also appeared internationally at Portugal.
However, Felix has not yet made his full mark and Atletico Madrid hope it could be his breakout season.
Barcelona had to think this window differently, as the financial crisis wiped out their ability to spend big and forced the exit of Lionel Messi.
This past weekend, Koeman admitted that his team can not hope to compete with other top clubs for signing until the money comes back.
“I understand what people who like this club may feel, but the economic situation is what it is,” Koeman said. SPORT. “It’s frustrating, but you have to be realistic. Economically we can not compete with Paris, City or United. That’s right and we have to accept it.
Trying for a late loan for Felix is not the type of overture Barcelona usually make, and the rejection of Atletico Madrid could stifle their tough summer even more.