One of the so-called ‘novels’ of the market in Europe came to an end this Friday, after Joao Félix abandoned the discipline of Atlético de Madrid, to become a new FC Barcelona player until the end of the season on loan.
The operation that brought the Portuguese footballer to Barcelona, like the last ones that both teams have carried out, has been closed at the last minute after several weeks of negotiation. As was the case with Griezmann’s return to the Metropolitano, which came to fruition on the last day of the transfer market and with Luis Suárez whose landing in the Spanish capital closed a week before the transfer window ended.
The agreement for Joao Félix does not include a purchase option. Therefore, once the 2023-24 season is over, the international with Portugal will return to the mattress club. Joao Felix, who had publicly expressed his desire to dress as a Barça playeris a player that Joan Laporta likes a lot and that Xavi hopes will strengthen his attacking line, where there is great competition.
The official statement from Barcelona states: “FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid have reached an agreement for the loan of the player João Félix until June 30, 2024. There is no purchase option. The Club publicly expresses its gratitude to the player for the financial effort made and his desire to wear the Barça shirt”.
“I have fulfilled one of my goals since I was a child. I am very happy to be here and now I have to seize the moment and give it my all.”João Félix has declared to the Club’s official media. “I hope it will be the best year of my life, with many victories, titles and achievements”has added.
Joao Cancelo also arrives at Barcelona
In addition to the arrival of Joao Félix, another Portuguese will also dress in the colors of the FC Barcelona and it treats of the right side Joao Cancelo.
FC Barcelona and Manchester City have reached an agreement for the loan of the player until June 30, 2024. There is no purchase option, the Spanish club revealed in its statement.
“I am very excited to be here. Many of my idols played here and it was one of my dreams.”Cancelo has declared to the Club media. “I’m sure it will be a very nice season and I’ll do my best to help everything go well”has added.
And as with Félix: “The Club publicly expresses its gratitude to the player for the financial effort made and his desire to wear the Barça shirt.”
Cancelo, who has had other offers, is emerging as a starter in Xavi’s team, which until now has moved Araújo and Koundé to the right wing of the defence. The coach prefers Sergi Roberto in midfield and did not count on Dest, who will play on loan, with an option to buy, at PSV.
In February 2022, he renewed with City until 2027, He will also provide Xavi with resources, since he can also play as a right-back and left-back.
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