Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement to recruit Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid. Check out Joao Felix Chelsea agreement.
Joao Felix reaches verbal agreement to join Chelsea.
Felix has had an up and down career so far, establishing himself as a real wonderkid during his time at Benfica, but struggling with the playing style of Diego Simeone in Madrid.
A move to Chelsea could be a good chance for Felix to revive his career, with Graham Potter in need of attacking reinforcements like this as his team slump to 10th place in the Premier League table.
A deal has not been signed, but the Premier League side are expected to pay in the region of €11million (£9.68m) fee, which is below what their La Liga counterparts initially wanted.
There has been interest from Manchester United and Arsenal, but Felix is set to opt for Chelsea, having been attracted by their project.
If all goes to plan he will be followed into the west London club by more reinforcements this month. They are especially keen to revitalise their attack.
It remains to be seen if a deal will definitely be done, but the Daily Record’s report suggests Chelsea are in a very strong position, with the player keen to join, and with Atletico’s terms being met.
It seems CFC would also be ready to make Felix’s loan permanent at the end of his initial stay in west London, which could boost their chances.
Ben Jacobs recently wrote in his exclusive CaughtOffside column that the Premier League looked like being Felix’s most likely destination, stating that Chelsea, United and Arsenal had been in a dialogue over the possible deal.
Felix has shown flashes of form this season for Atletico but both he and the team have struggled for consistency.
The Portuguese has five goals and three assists in 20 club appearances this season, having been used across the front line in a variety of different formations by head coach Diego Simeone.
Felix started in a front two for Atletico on Sunday as they lost 1-0 at home to league leaders Barcelona. He was substituted after 73 minutes.
Chelsea have already been active in the January transfer window, bringing in forward David Datro Fofana from Molde and defender Benoit Badiashile from Monaco.
Both were named as substitutes for Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round tie against Manchester City, with Fofana making his debut during the 4-0 defeat.
Chelsea are also on course to add another forward to their ranks at the start of next season, having agreed a deal to sign Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.