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Chelsea considering extending the loan spell of Atletico Madrid forward – report



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After spending half a season at Chelsea, Joao Felix’s loan spell at Stamford Bridge is set to come to an end this coming summer.

That means the player is supposed to return to the Civitas Metropolitano at the end of the season, although there have been reports that Chelsea could consider keeping him around for longer.

According to Mundo Deportivo, both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are contemplating a potential deal that may benefit all parties involved.

The report suggests one of the solutions could see Joao Felix remain at Chelsea on loan for another year. The player has featured in 12 league matches since joining the club in January, scoring two goals. But he has not been able to deliver in the Champions League.

Nevertheless, Chelsea are open to extending the loan of Felix for one more year, as it could benefit the club in the long run. The Premier League giants are unwilling to commit any significant transfer fee on Felix due to his mixed performances at Stamford Bridge.

Therefore, extending the loan could allow them to keep the player for another season, only by committing to paying Felix’s salary for one more year.

As for Atletico Madrid, the club president Enrique Cerezo had opened the door for Felix to return earlier in the month. But it is apparent that Diego Simeone has not been able to get the best out of the player and the equation between the two of them is not great.

With Simeone’s contract expiring in 2024 and no guarantees over his continuity, Atletico could leave the door open for Felix’s return should their manager move on when his contract expires.

So, another season at Chelsea on loan, with the Blues covering his wages, works well for them.

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Atletico Madrid, Chelsea contact PSG midfielder’s agent with player set to leave



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Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are among the clubs that have made contact with the agent of PSG midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is set to leave this summer.

This claim comes from journalist Martin Arevalo on ESPN, who states that apart from Atletico and Chelsea, an unnamed third club have also established contact with the Argentine international’s representative.

Paredes has been on PSG’s books since January 2019, when he arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg. For a large part of his time at the French capital outfit, the midfielder had been a regular starter in the side.

However, last summer saw Paredes get shipped out on loan to Juventus. He has played 33 times for the Bianconeri this season with a return of one goal and assist apiece.

The Serie A heavyweights, who were recently hit with a 10-point deduction, have the option to purchase him permanently. But, as per the report, his relationship with manager Massimiliano Allegri is not good and a return to PSG is on the cards.

And considering that he is not in the plans back at Parc des Princes either, a permanent departure away seems set in stone for Paredes.

As such, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and an unnamed club have shown interest in acquiring his services by making contact with the 28-year-old World Cup winner’s agent.

With Koke entering the final phase of his career and Geoffrey Kondogbia expected to leave at the end of the season, the Rojiblancos could do with reinforcements in the centre of the park.

Paredes, who has plenty of experience at the highest level and is known for his aggressive mentality, can be a good fit into Diego Simeone’s setup at the Civitas Metropolitano.

But, with Chelsea also in the picture, things could get tricky for the Colchoneros. After all, Atleti are operating on tight finances and are looking for bargain and free transfer signings in the market with the likes of Marcus Thuram, Jordi Alba, and Raphael Guerreiro emerging as targets.

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