According to Spanish media, Manchester United’s €130 million (£110 million) bid for Joao Felix was rejected by Atletico Madrid.
United manager Erik ten Hag is eager to bolster his striking alternatives before the transfer season ends, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains unknown.
According to the Spanish newspaper AS, United has made a substantial bid for Ronaldo’s Portugal international teammate Felix.
According to the report, Atletico Madrid has rejected their request.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is said to see Felix as the team’s most essential player.
As a result, Atletico are hesitant to trade the 22-year-old, who has a €350 million (£295 million) release clause.
Felix became the fourth-most expensive footballer in history when he joined Atletico Madrid in a club-record €126 million (£106 million) deal from Benfica in 2019.
In Spain, he has struggled to live up to his high price tag, scoring 29 goals in 112 games for the club.
However, he was a member of the team that won La Liga under Simeone in 2020-21.
According to the report, Felix’s performance in Atletico Madrid’s preseason triumph over the Red Devils wowed United.
Felix scored the only goal of the game, giving Simeone’s team a 1-0 victory in Oslo, Norway.
Felix had previously been linked with a move to the Premier League.
Liverpool and Manchester City have also been connected with the attacker, who has three goals in 22 national team appearances for Portugal.
Felix is allegedly “happy” in Atletico Madrid, so a move to English football is improbable.
If United does make a move for Felix, it will signify a significant shift in the Premier League club’s stance this transfer season.
While Ten Hag is looking for a new forward, United has been connected with more cheaper targets.
United dropped talks to capture Bologna forward Marko Arnautovic after the Italian club rejected a £11.2m proposal.
Red Bull Salzburg forward Benjamin Sesko, who has instead agreed to join RB Leipzig next summer, and Stuttgart attacker Sasa Kalajdzic were also connected with the Red Devils.