Patrice Evra wants Man Utd “to look ugly” at the end of the transfer window and the former defender has told Erik ten Hag to abandon any idea of signing Joao Felix.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for Felix – who represented Portugal at the World Cup in Qatar – after the Atletico Madrid forward fell out with Diego Simeone and instructed his agent to find him another club this summer.
Despite it being highly likely that Felix will move in January, Atletico only want to loan him to another club with Man Utd, Arsenal and other interested parties quoted around £19m in fees and wages for a six-month loan deal.
That is a price Man Utd ‘can’t afford’ with the Glazers looking to sell the club as soon as possible and former defender Evra reckons the Red Devils need a player who can make them “look ugly”.
“I love Joao Felix and I loved what a great World Cup he had,” Evra told Betfair. “I’m quite surprised that things haven’t worked out with Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid, but he’s a fantastic player.
“If he does move to the UK, he will enjoy playing in the Premier League in any team. I don’t want to talk him up as a target for Manchester United because whenever we talk United targets they never end up signing.
“He’s an excellent player and if he’s not happy at Atletico, the Premier League will welcome him with open arms.
“We need to replace the 20 goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, so it’s logical that we need another attacker. We can play Martial, Garnacho and Rashford but we need a killer, someone who lives for goals.
“I don’t care if they perform well, I just want them to score goals. That’s why I don’t think Joao Felix is the right type of player for United right now.
“I don’t want United to look beautiful. With players like Felix people will say how beautiful we look with the way we play, I don’t care about that.
“I want us to look ugly and have a player like Filippo Inzaghi and have people saying ‘who the hell is this he can’t even dribble’ but at the end of the season he’s scored more than 20 goals. Where will we find that kind of striker? That is the question.
“You don’t bring a player in just to make the fans happy or for commercial business. Right now they need to bring someone in who is coming just to score goals.”
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