Chelsea have been holding internal discussions over whether to swoop for Joao Felix after the Atletico Madrid star was offered to the Stamford Bridge outfit, journalist Simon Phillips has told GiveMeSport.
Graham Potter was installed as the Blues’ head coach in September and could freshen up his squad during the January transfer window.
Chelsea transfer news – Joao Felix
According to the Telegraph, Chelsea have set their sights on landing Felix on an initial loan deal which includes an option or obligation to seal a permanent switch at the end of the season.
The report suggests the capital club are keen to beat other suitors to the Portugal international’s arrival and, as a result, co-owner Todd Boehly is eager to get a deal tied up during the early stages of the winter window.
A temporary move to Stamford Bridge appears to be a possibility as Atletico are willing to sanction a January loan move for an £8million fee.
But Chelsea, along with fellow admirers Manchester United and Arsenal, have reservations over whether to meet the La Liga giants’ financial expectations.
Reliable journalist Phillips recently told GiveMeSport that the Blues have continued scouting Felix after he initially worked his way onto their radar during Roman Abramovich’s reign.
What has Simon Phillips said about Felix?
Phillips understands Chelsea have been holding in-house discussions over whether they should head to Atletico with a bid for Felix.
The journalist is aware that the west Londoners are among a host of clubs to have been offered the 23-year-old’s services by super-agent Jorge Mendes.
Phillips told GiveMeSport: “This has been discussed internally at Chelsea this week. In the last few days, Chelsea have been talking about doing this deal.
“Obviously, Felix’s agent has been offering him around to a number of different clubs, with Chelsea being one of them.”
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What would Felix add to Chelsea’s attack?
Potter needs to add attacking reinforcements to his squad as Armando Broja’s season-ending knee injury has left him light on options.
There is no doubt that Felix would add goals and creativity because he has scored 54 goals over the course of his senior club career, along with racking up an additional 29 assists.
He ended 2022 in style as, during Atletico’s 2-0 win over Elche, the former Benfica man got his name on the scoresheet, registered three shots on target and was handed a 7.9 match rating by Sofascore.
Felix also shone at the World Cup, where Manchester United duo Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot were the only Portuguese stars to better his 7.1 WhoScored rating.
When joining Atletico in 2019, he became the fifth most expensive signing in history when he completed a £113million move, and he would certainly be an exciting January acquisition for Chelsea.
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