According to reports, Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez for Chelsea flop Joao Felix trade proposal was turned down.
The Blues lost their £10 million loan fee when Portuguese attacker Felix returned to his parent club Atletico Madrid after spending the second half of last season on loan at Stamford Bridge, where he made just four goals in 20 appearances.
The 23-year-old’s £114 million move from Benfica in 2019 hasn’t gone well in the Spanish capital, and after a Deadline Day deal was finalized, he’s back out on loan, this time to their La Liga rivals Barcelona.
Before the trade actually happened, the Anfield management was reportedly interested in recruiting him and was prepared to let Nunez depart in exchange, according to the Spanish site Mundo Deportivo.
Felix reportedly declined the position and turned down offers from Barcelona as well as Manchester United and Aston Villa, two more Premier League teams. He sobbed during his unveiling because playing for them had been his childhood goal.
Given that the Reds just spent £64.1 million, which might increase to over £85 million with add-ons, on Nunez, the story is undoubtedly eyebrow-raising. Although his finishing has been suspected, he has still scored 17 goals in 46 games.
He has only started one of Liverpool’s first four games this season; Gakpo and Diogo Jota have been preferred. Following his two goals against Newcastle, which won them a 2-1 victory, Jurgen Klopp addressed that.
“I understand the question, it’s obvious he’s not happy,” he responded. Since the season is still young, we must establish consistency and progress. There is no doubt that he will play. We require everybody. We have to figure out how to have fun.
There are new significant players on this team. It requires time. He scores two goals and cannot help but smile. It was really significant to the squad. All of these are necessary. It cannot be forced. That was fun in the final moments.