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Liverpool, Man Utd on high alert after Diego Simeone widens rift with Atletico ace Joao Felix – ‘You can ask him’

Liverpool and Man Utd have received a ‘transfer boost’ after Diego Simeone fired back at the curious comments of transfer target Joao Felix.

Joao Felix, 22, joined Atletico Madrid from Benfica for a whopping £113m in 2019. The Portuguese has shown flashes of his mercurial talents and bagged seven goals as Atletico were crowned La Liga kings last season.

However, their title defence has been characterised by inconsistency, with Simeone’s side currently labouring in fourth – 15 points behind bitter rivals Real Madrid.

Atletico exited the Copa del Rey to Real Sociedad at the Round of 16 stage last month. They were also dumped out of the Spanish Super Cup by Athletic Bilbao. That makes the Champions League their only hope of silverware this campaign.

Felix too has struggled on an individual level. The lively attacker has notched just two league goals amid a series of minor injuries and has rarely completed a full 90 minutes.

Nonetheless, his talents remain unquestioned, leading to persistent links to Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd in the past.

And Felix’s recent comments when detailing Atletico’s struggles raised eyebrows last week.

Felix told the Athletic: “I think we all know what the problem is [with the team], I don’t want to say though.”

That cryptic comment has predictably gone down like a lead balloon with the no-nonsense Simeone.

Diego Simeone fires back at Joao Felix

When asked for a response prior to their chaotic 4-3 victory over Getafe on Saturday, Simeone snapped back (via the Daily Mail): “About what Joao said, you can ask him.

“I work according to the team. If he is clear about what the problem is, it would be good to know.”

Given Liverpool signed Luis Diaz in January, one might expect their transfer efforts next summer to focus on different areas. However, all three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are out of contract in 2023.

The trio will all be over 30 when next season begins. It is not inconceivable that Liverpool’s frugal American owners opt to move on from one or more of the aging stars.

Felix would represent something of a gamble for Klopp’s side. Though the Liverpool Echo insist they may…

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