Man Utd could sign their own Philippe Coutinho as Diego Forlan recommends transfer move

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Former Manchester United star Diego Forlan has advised Joao Felix to test out whether the grass could be greener somewhere other than Atletico Madrid. The Portuguese star has struggled to light up the pitch at club level this campaign but he announced himself almost immediately at the World Cup, and United may wish to take note with Erik ten Hag in need of a new forward. 

Big things have been expected of Felix since he picked up the prestigious Golden Boy award in 2019, as the best young player in Europe. Since a mega-money move to Atletico, his progress has been steady but slow and his three-goal haul in La Liga this term is hardly anything to write home about. 

Now 23 years old, many feel as though Felix is ready to step things up a level and United could provide him with the platform to do so. Cristiano Ronaldo has left an attacking vacancy at Old Trafford after his contract was terminated by mutual agreement last month. 

Forlan, who once shared a dressing room with Philippe Coutinho, has drawn comparisons between Felix and the Brazilian, suggesting that he could benefit from following his lead.

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United are expected to pursue a forward in the January transfer window with Ronaldo’s unceremonious exit leaving a gaping hole in the squad. Ten Hag’s side were linked with numerous attackers during the summer but they eventually plumped for Antony in a lucrative £84million switch. 

Spanish reports indicate that Atletico would be willing to take a loss on Felix with the asking price set at £86m. Of late, United have also been heavily linked with PSV Eindhoven star Cody Gakpo, who has made a blistering start with three goals in three games for the Netherlands at the World Cup. 

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