In mid-July, Joao Félix’s words shook the football world: “I would love to play for Barça. It has always been my first choice and I would love to join Barça. It has always been my wish since I was a child. If that “It happens, it would be a dream come true for me,” declared the talented Portuguese striker. His words put the market on alert and made clear his desire to join the Blaugrana club, leaving Atlético de Madrid in a complicated situation.
The bad relationship between Joao Félix and Diego Simeone made the colchoneros look for a sale, and there was no shortage of tempting offers, including some from Saudi Arabia that inflated the summer market even more. However, Joao Félix’s passion for Barça was undeniable, and it seemed there was no other real option for him.
Time has shown that the young striker was right in wanting to join Barcelona. Since his arrival at Camp Nou, the team has experienced significant growth in its offensive game, and Joao Félix has taken a step forward in his performance. His adaptation to the Blaugrana ecosystem has been impeccable, and his versatility as a forward with the soul of a midfielder (or vice versa) has fit perfectly into Barça’s style of play.
They set a price for their departure
Even at Atlético de Madrid, they recognize the evolution of Joao Félix at Barcelona. As reported by the newspaper AS, at the Metropolitano they know that if the Portuguese maintains this dynamic and continues to offer outstanding performances, his economic value will continue to grow. The Colchoneros value the Portuguese at 80 million euros, and that will be the figure they will ask of any club that wants to sign him next summer. This scenario poses a new challenge for both the player and Barcelona, who will have to make important decisions.