Atletico Madrid have taunted Manchester United over their failed bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo’s international teammate Joao Felix.
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The struggling Premier League giants have embarked on an increasingly frantic late-window trolley dash as they seek to bolster Erik ten Hag’s struggling squad before the transfer deadline.
Ten Hag has been limited to just three signings so far this summer and has been frustrated in his attempts to bolster the two areas of his squad that critically need addressing.
An unhealthy reliance on midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred was brutally exposed in the defeats to Brighton and Brentford, while a forward line starved of confidence has failed to score in the opening two games of the season.
With Cristiano Ronaldo seemingly hellbent on leaving and Anthony Martial, who impressed in pre-season, out through injury United have earmarked the signing of a striker as a priority in the next fortnight.
United’s target have ranged from experienced journeymen who would represent a short-term fix, like Marko Arnautovic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to up and coming superstars like Felix.
The 22-year-old was firmly on United’s radar before he moved to Atletico three years ago but opted for a move to Spain from Benfica instead.
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