Chelsea told condition for signing Joao Felix as Potter concern raised
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Chelsea may look to sign Joao Felix on a permanent basis at the end of the season, with the star having impressed in a short period following his loan move from Atletico Madrid in January. Todd Boehly and co paid a hefty fee to bring the Portuguese forward to Stamford Bridge, beating the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, but there is no option in the deal to make the move permanent in the summer.
The Blues would need to negotiate once again with Diego Simeone’s outfit if they do wish to sign Felix, though landing him on a permanent deal could prove difficult. Atletico were adamant they were not going to sell the 24-year-old in January and would only sanction a loan despite his fractured relationship with Simeone.
That was unless a mammoth offer came in that came close to the £113million fee the La Liga side paid to Benfica to sign him in 2019. Whether Atletico would be open to a summer sale remains to be seen, but former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has advised against a permanent transfer as Felix is a “luxury player” that may not fit the current team under boss Graham Potter and a system change may be necessary in order to make a transfer for Felix worthwhile.
“He’s a player that’s technically very good and has a good football brain, however, I just believe that Chelsea have bigger issues at the moment in terms of laying their foundation and finding the spine of their team,” Johnson told Betfred.
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“Joao Felix is a luxury player that comes into a team as the final piece of the puzzle and that’s when you’d see him at his best. He needs to be playing in a good team that has the ball for the majority of the time during a game, and that isn’t Chelsea at the moment.
“He’s a great player and they should look to sign him permanently, but they shouldn’t if they have to break the bank for him because they’ve got bigger fires to put out currently.”
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Chelsea have not yet indicated whether they will try to sign Felix on a permanent basis, despite his impressive link-up with Kai Havertz, though the Portugal star’s Atletico team-mates appear to believe that he will be returning to Spain next season following the expiry of his loan deal.
Both Felix and Matheus Cunha left for Chelsea and Wolves respectively this winter, as Atletico captain Koke gave his view on the two departures and hinted at Felix’s return to the club. “They were important players within the team,” Koke told Mundo Deportivo.
“They made the decision to leave. Joao transferred and Cunha transferred. They are decisions of each one. Totally respectable. Joao is picking up the rhythm of the games, he is gaining confidence for the coming season to come back here.”
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