Despite Joao Felix’s inconsistent performances, Chelsea still wants to retain the Portuguese forward after the conclusion of the 2022/23 season. This information was recently revealed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
According to Romano, Chelsea sees Felix as a part of their long-term plans and is satisfied with his influence. The 23-year-old star himself also wants to continue contributing to the London club.
In the recent winter transfer window, Chelsea brought in Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid. Initially, he was seen as a temporary option to bolster their attacking prowess, given the underwhelming performances of players like Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, and Aubameyang.
After making 12 appearances for The Blues, the Portuguese striker has scored 2 goals. It’s worth noting that Felix has been included in the official starting lineup in all 12 matches. However, in terms of performance, his contribution to the team at Stamford Bridge has been limited.
Nevertheless, this has been a turbulent period for the team under former manager Graham Potter. Felix has consistently been the most explosive player in the attack, creating several notable opportunities.
Recognizing Felix’s good integration and immense potential, Chelsea’s management recently planned to negotiate with Atletico Madrid for a permanent transfer of the player.
In fact, the 23-year-old forward is considered one of the important factors in the club’s reform process under chairman Todd Boehly. He was also one of the most notable Chelsea FC latest transfer news done deals in 2023. According to close sources, the two clubs will sit down for negotiations and finalize Felix’s future in the coming weeks.
It’s worth remembering that in 2019, Atletico Madrid had to pay a whopping 126 million euros to acquire Felix from Benfica. Currently, Transfermarkt values the player at around 50 million euros. His contract with the Spanish giants is still valid until the summer of 2027.
Furthermore, another factor that affects Felix’s future at Chelsea is the new long-term head coach of the team. Currently, the leadership of The Blues is looking for a suitable manager for the club.
To have more time to evaluate candidates, Chelsea appointed Frank Lampard as interim head coach until the end of the 2022/23 season. In his return match with the club, Lampard suffered a 0-1 defeat against Wolves.
Atletico Madrid is also very interested in this deal. And if it happens, Joao Felix will be one of Chelsea most expensive signings in history. However, they have not provided any specific numbers to Chelsea regarding Felix’s case. The team from Civitas Metropolitano wants to wait and see the performance of the 1999-born player in the match between The Blues and Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals before finalizing the price.
The 23-year-old striker Felix will bear a heavy burden when Chelsea visits Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on April 12th.
The Blues have not known victory since March 11th. In the context of losing the chance to qualify for next season’s prestigious European tournament through the Premier League, Lampard’s team only has one option left… to win the Champions League this season.
In theory, that’s how it is, but Chelsea currently needs to defeat Real Madrid – the reigning champion and the king of the Champions League. When he was still wearing Atletico’s jersey, Felix had faced Real 6 times. Unfortunately, he did not score or assist against the opponent. In fact, Felix’s Atletico did not win any of those matches, with 4 defeats and 2 draws.
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