Chelsea are likely to have to pay £80 million to sign Joao Felix on a permanent transfer from Atletico Madrid in the summer, claims The Athletic. The Blues have benefitted from signing him on loan in January, with the Portuguese forward helping improve their attacking style.
Chelsea Must Pay Massive Figure to Atletico Madrid for Joao Felix Signing
Chelsea Owners Exploring the Possibility of Felix Permanent Deal
It has been reported that Chelsea are planning to hold discussions about a permanent signing of the Portuguese star in April or May, as they’re more focused on seeing his development with the squad as the campaign progresses.
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The Athletic adds that the Blues’ owners always had it in their minds to permanently sign Felix if he managed to impress in his loan spell. So far, the 23-year-old has done pretty well. Even though he’s only scored two goals, the Portuguese forward has added a lot of liveliness to their attacks – with his dribbles and ball-carrying ability elevating the overall quality of Graham Potter’s playing style.
It is also stated that Atletico Madrid will be willing to accept a fee in the region of £80 million and are ready to cash in on his sale. The Chelsea owners are now exploring the possibility of splashing the cash and are willing to spend even more money in the summer window, even after signing players like Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk for massive fees in January.
Enzo Fernandez Keen to See Chelsea Sign Felix Permanently
Chelsea’s prized January signing Fernandez has created formed a nice partnership with Felix over the last few months. He recently spoke about the Portuguese midfielder’s future at Stamford Bridge and wants him to stay: “When you get on with someone, it helps on the field. He’s a great player. Let’s hope Chelsea can do all they can to keep hold of him.” the midfielder told The Guardian.
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But the former Benfica man is probably not the only player to see Felix – who was described as a ‘Special Talent’ by Alvaro Morata a few years ago – stay at Stamford Bridge. It remains to be seen if the Blues are ready to splash the cash for him and make a big-money move to keep him at the club for the near future.