Joao Felix has flown to London for his Chelsea medical forward of a mortgage transfer from Atletico Madrid till the top of the season.
The Blues, who’re set to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal to the signing of the Portugal ahead, can pay an €11m (£9.69m) mortgage charge plus his wages.
Felix would offer a much-needed increase to go coach Graham Potter’s attacking choices, along with his facet scoring simply 20 targets in 17 Premier League matches this season.
Regardless of the switch window solely being open for simply over per week, Chelsea have already been lively in January, signing Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos.
Potter will hope their arrivals can assist to enhance his staff’s kind, with only one win coming from their final seven matches in all competitions.
Chelsea are presently tenth within the Premier League – 10 factors exterior the highest 4 – and have already been knocked out of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
The west London membership’s solely remaining reasonable hope of silverware this season is within the Champions League, the place they face Borussia Dortmund within the final 16 subsequent month.
Felix has simply seven LaLiga begins for Atletico this season however he was named within the beginning XI for his or her 1-0 defeat at house to Barcelona on Sunday.
Nevertheless, the LaLiga facet are ready to let Felix – who has 5 targets and three assists in all competitions this season – go away on mortgage in January due to his troublesome relationship with supervisor Diego Simeone.
The 23-year-old joined Atletico from Benfica in a €126m (£111m) deal from Benfica in 2019.
‘Chelsea additionally need right-back and midfielder’
Sky Sports activities chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“You have to think about Felix’s wages. He earns greater than £250,000 per week so Chelsea must cowl his wages as properly.
“Chelsea have been criticized as a result of they’re spending a lot cash within the switch market, however they do have a method this month.
“What they wish to signal is a large participant – I believe that can be Felix. Ideally, they want a right-back as properly, and a midfield participant.”
‘Felix deal works for each events’
Sky Sports activities reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
“This deal would most likely work for each events. Chelsea would most likely look to the summer time after they can reassess and see what different choices are on the market.
“For Atletico Madrid, they paid near £120m for Felix. In the event that they have been to incorporate an choice value now or promote him now, they would not get wherever close to that cash.
“It is probably they will not get wherever close to that cash after they do ultimately promote him, but when he goes to Chelsea and performs rather well for six months, he can then return to Atletico with three years left on his contract and perhaps his worth is increased.
“Arsenal needed to signal him as properly, and Manchester United have been him.”
‘Felix might assist however subsequent season ought to be the main focus’
Sky Sports activities soccer journalist Joe Shread:
Proprietor Todd Boehly has already proven he is greater than prepared to spend in a bid to enhance Graham Potter’s squad, and assault is clearly an space that wants addressing.
Discovering the again of the web is a severe difficulty, with Chelsea rating twelfth for targets scored within the Premier League, whereas Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz are the one gamers to attain greater than three targets in all competitions.
The necessity for extra goalscorers in Potter’s squad is apparent, however the lack of possibilities being created is arguably a fair larger difficulty.
Chelsea rank a lowly fifteenth for anticipated targets within the Premier League and have truly outperformed their determine of 18.81, suggesting their forwards should not underperforming as dramatically as it might appear.
Felix’s transfer to Atletico might not have labored out the way in which both celebration hoped, however he’s a participant who ought to be capable of assist with Chelsea’s points within the remaining third if he hits the bottom operating in west London.
Regardless of beginning simply seven LaLiga matches this season, he ranks within the prime 12 within the Spanish prime flight for each targets and assists per 90 minutes.
Felix is additionally a flexible ahead, able to enjoying as a striker, a No 10 or on the flanks – one thing that can enchantment to Potter, given the pinnacle coach’s behavior of deploying a wide range of formations.
Nevertheless, questions can be requested concerning the choice to herald Felix if Chelsea don’t negotiate an choice to purchase the Portugal worldwide as a part of the mortgage deal.
Barring one other exceptional run within the Champions League, silverware is already out of the query this season for the Blues, which means the second half of the marketing campaign ought to be about constructing for 2023/24.
If Felix is not going to be part of the subsequent season, do they want him taking a spot within the staff of any person who can be?
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