Man City in contact with super-agent Jorge Mendes to rival Man Utd for January transfer

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Manchester City are reportedly in contact with super-agent Jorge Mendes over the potential signing of Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix. The Portuguese is believed to be unsettled in the Spanish capital, with cross-city rivals Manchester United also supposedly sniffing around Felix ahead of the January transfer window.

City’s victory over Watford last weekend was their fifth consecutive Premier League win. 

Pep Guardiola’s striker-less system has led them to the top of the table after 15 matches. 

But that has not stopped persistent talk that the Sky Blues could benefit from a natural goal-scorer through the middle, something broadly absent from City’s squad since Sergio Aguero’s departure. 

While Felix has struggled for consistent form with Atletico Madrid, his early promise with Benfica could persuade the City hierarchy to bolster their attacking ranks in January. 

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According to Calcio Mercato, the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has already been in contact with the club to discuss a move. 

The super-agent is reportedly trying to manufacture a way out for the 22-year-old, who is finding it hard to build momentum under Diego Simeone. 

A January bid could indeed be on the way, but according to AS, Man Utd have also asked about Felix as word spreads about his potential availability.

The club are said to have told Felix he can go if a suitable offer comes in, putting the two Manchester giants as well as Liverpool and Newcastle on red alert.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick is preparing for his first transfer window in charge of the Red Devils, and the youngster would certainly be a statement signing. 

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But City may have one up on their local rivals, not least because Felix would stand a great chance of regular action in light of the fact he would face very little competition to play as a striker at the Etihad. 

That depends, of course, on whether Guardiola intends on playing a striker at all, but many have called on the need for a Plan B if their floating system of attackers proves ineffective on any particular day. 

With the likes of Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling rumoured to be eyeing exits from City, bringing in attacking reinforcements could become a priority over the next few weeks. 

Indeed, Guardiola’s admission at the start of the season suggested that, without a goal-scorer in their ranks, City’s title rivals would have the advantage. 

“We survived without [Aguero] in a good way in the way we played [last season],” he said.

“There are two options that we have right now: complaining or saying we have exceptional players.

“We don’t have this weapon that other teams have like Chelsea, United or Tottenham or other teams so we have to use what we can do as a team.

“We don’t have a player to score 25 league goals for himself so we have to do it as a team. This is what we will try this season.”

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