Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta during a training session at Al Nasr Leisure Land Stadium on December 10, 2022 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Arsenal report: Gunners are now leading race for Joao Felix

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Arsenal are at the front of queue for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, with the unsettled forward looking to leave the Spanish capital imminently.

Felix joined for a nine-figure sum in 2019 to replace the Barcelona-bound Antoine Griezmann – but has found life in La Liga tougher than expected. Rumours that he doesn’t get on with manager Diego Simeone have been a constant during his career in Madrid, with plenty of rumours linking him away during his three-and-a-half-year stint.

Performances at the World Cup – particularly in Portugal’s 6-1 win over Switzerland – have shown exactly what the 23-year-old is capable of, however. With Atletico finishing bottom of their Champions League group in the autumn, Felix could 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 Spanish outlet Marca (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, were also said be interested but can’t offer a deal as attractive as the north Londoners. 

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