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Chelsea aiming to sign Atletico Madrid attacker on a loan-to-buy deal in January



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According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are considering making a play to sign Atletico Madrid attacker Joao Felix on a loan deal until the end of the season with an option or obligation to purchase.

Felix has fallen out of favour at Atletico over the past few months. A club-record signing, the 23-year-old arrived at the Civitas Metropolitano in 2019 in a deal worth €120 million as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann.

However, he has never really managed to live up to the expectations at the club. His relationship with manager Diego Simeone is also said to have deteriorated this year, compelling the young forward to seek an exit in January.

Felix’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has been shopping his client around in the Premier League, with Manchester United and Arsenal having been mentioned as potential destinations for the Portuguese international.

However, as per the aforementioned report, Chelsea too have entered the fray to sign Felix on a loan deal in January.

The Blues’ pursuit of the 23-year-old Atletico Madrid ace could be coming from the fact that Armando Broja has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to an injury. On top of that, summer signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling have not delivered as expected.

Hence, Felix has appeared as an option for Chelsea. Despite him struggling for relevance in Madrid, the 23-year-old’s stock remains high among clubs in Europe, especially after a decent run in the FIFA World Cup 2022 with Portugal.

And while other clubs are interested in him, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is prepared to move in swiftly to strike a deal with Atletico Madrid for the wantaway forward.

The Blues will consider an initial loan deal with an option or an obligation to purchase Felix depending on what terms Atleti prefer for the deal.

With Manchester United and Arsenal also gunning for his signing, it will be interesting to see where the former SL Benfica prodigy ends up next month.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid



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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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