Manchester United have been given the green light to pursue Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo – according to reports.
Ronaldo, 37, remains at Old Trafford amid ongoing speculation over his future. He expressed a desire to leave in the summer, but there were no takers for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
With one eye on the future, Erik ten Hag wants further additions in attacking quarters with Felix mooted to be one target for the United manager. Felix signed for the Spanish giants from Benfica three years ago and any move for his signature would likely cost a jaw-dropping transfer fee.
However, as per reports from Cadena SER, his current team might need to balance the books moving forward with Atletico viewing Felix as a saleable asset. The same report highlights ongoing interest from United – but claims they will not break the bank to sign the 23-cap Portugal international.
Felix has scored 31 goals in 127 games for Atletico with 18 assists. His contract expires in 2026.
Elsewhere, reports from Caught Offside suggest that United and other possible suitors would have to pay around £40million to snap-up Rennes frontman Martin Terrier. He scored 21 goals in Ligue 1 last season and that tally was only bettered by PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Terrier, 25, can be deployed in other attacking positions and is understood to have alerted several sides from across the Premier League and Europe. His contract expires in 2026.
Leeds and Saudi-backed Newcastle are seen as competition for his services. Terrier has previously represented Lyon, Strasbourg (loan) and Lille – while he has netted 11 goals from 18 outings in all competitions so far this campaign.