Manchester United opted not to sign Joao Felix due to fears over his stature, it has been claimed.
Felix was one of several players on United’s wish list last summer.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is understood to be a big admirer of the Portugal international and was reportedly willing to fork out £105million to acquire his services.
United, however, didn’t end up tabling a bid for the winger, who ended up joining Atletico Madrid.
And according to The Athletic, the United brass decided not to pursue the whizkid due to concerns over his ability to deal with the physicality of the Premier League.
It’s also claimed the Red Devils were concerned about smashing their record transfer fee and Felix failing to justify his hefty price tag.
United’s concerns over Felix appear to have been misplaced, with the youngster flourishing in the Spanish capital.
In 10 appearances so far this season, Felix has scored three goals and provided one assist for Diego Simeone’s side.
Despite Felix making a solid start to life at Atletico, Simeone would like to see more from the forward.
“It was the match in which he was most involved, possibly, in the rhythm of the game,” the Argentine said of Felix after Atletico’s 2-0 win over Lokomotiv Moscow earlier this month.
“For a player who likes to have the ball, participate in the game of his team, it [the performance] generates more enthusiasm. The other day this happened, he was active in the two goals of the team. That will lead him to continue growing.
“What I liked most was when he threw himself on the floor and retrieved a ball near the bench and showing that he understands what football is.”