Chelsea are exploring the possibility of signing Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix on a short-term basis deal when the transfer window opens in January.
This is according to The Telegraph, who claim Chelsea are open to a loan deal with either an option or obligation to buy in the summer transfer window, depending on Atletico’s preference.
Having struggled for regular playing minutes this term, Felix is largely expected to leave his current employers soon and thankfully for him, he is not short of suitors, especially amongst Europe’s elite.
Alongside Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with a move for the Portugal international, while Aston Villa and Newcastle United have been credited with an interest.
Capable of playing almost anywhere across the frontline, Felix’s versatility is sure to be a big appeal to Graham Potter as the Chelsea boss seeks to reinvigorate a dysfunctional attacking unit which has yielded just 17 Premier League goals in 14 outings.
A move to Stamford Bridge could be just what Felix needs to get his career back on track and serve up a reminder as to why he won the Golden Boy award back in 2019, fending off competition from Erling Braut Haaland and Phil Foden.
That saw him earn a move to Atletico Madrid for a whopping €126 million, which remains the second-highest transfer fee ever paid for a teenager.
However, Felix’s time at Wanda Metropolitano to date has been far from ideal and it was no surprise to see the 23-year-old recently hint that playing at Atletico was not ‘favourable’ for him at the moment.
“The way of playing with Portugal and then at the club is different, “Felix told Sport TV (h/t Fabrizio Romano) in the aftermath of Portugal’s 6-1 victory over Switzerland in the recently concluded World Cup.
“When the conditions are favourable, things go better.”
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