MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly moved on from Joao Felix after discovering how costly it would be to sign the Atletico Madrid star.
The Portuguese star is keen to move away from the La Liga club, but a deal would likely cost them more than half a million pounds per game.
The Red Devils have 22 Premier League games left this season and along with cup games, it seems likely that Felix would be an expensive short-term.
The La Liga side want to keep hold of their star player, who cost the club £110m when they signed him from Benfica in 2019.
Atletico’s chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, recently said: “The reasonable thing is to think that he is leaving, although I would love him to continue.”
The club are in need of more firepower as they look to replace the recently axed Cristiano Ronaldo.
It would have been a blow for the club, considering they have also missed out on the signing of PSV star Cody Gakpo.
The Dutch forward was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Liverpool snuck in at the last moment and agreed on a deal to sign him.
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United had agreed to sign him in the summer transfer window but instead opted to complete a deal for Brazilian winger Antony.
Ten Hag has admitted that he wants to bring in a forward, but it the player has to be the “right one”.
He said: “Yes, we are aware we lost a striker, so I think we have to get a striker in, but it has to be the right one.
“The right one is a player that brings quality to the team, not just adding to the squad because that only gives you problems.
“And, you know the criteria is high here at Manchester United.”