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Chelsea in discussions with Atletico Madrid over January move for €126 million forward

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With the January transfer window now open, Chelsea are set to up their efforts to strengthen their squad, despite having already sealed a couple of signings.

Indeed, the Blues have signed David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos while they are said to be closing in on the captures of Benoit Badiashile and Enzo Fernandez. And next on the agenda for the Premier League giants could be Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix.

The 23-year-old is keen on moving on from the Civitas Metropolitano having grown frustrated by his lack of prominence in Diego Simeone’s plans this season.

Club CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has already confirmed that a separation could be on the cards while Simeone has not denied the possibility of a departure either.

Clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United had shown an interest, but Chelsea are also in the race, and according to journalist Simon Phillips on GIVEMESPORT, the Blues are already in discussions with Atletico Madrid and Felix’s agents over a transfer.

However, it is said that the Blues would be only willing to consider signing Felix on loan this month if the operation came with an option to buy.

“Chelsea have told them that they’d only be keen to do an option to buy, but it is one in the pipeline at the moment and Chelsea’s discussions are continuing with Atletico and Felix’s agent. So, it is certainly one that Chelsea have been warming to in the last few days.”

Felix joined Atletico Madrid from SL Benfica in 2019 in a deal worth €126 million. A greatly talented individual, he has never quite been able to showcase his full potential at the Civitas Metropolitano.

It has been claimed that Los Rojiblancos are demanding a loan fee of €9 million for the 23-year-old, while also asking the interested parties to cover his entire wages for the second half of the season.

Everything together, the package comes up to €18 million, something which Manchester United are unwilling to shell out without an option to purchase him permanently.

With Chelsea also seeking the insertion of a permanent purchase clause in the deal, it remains to be seen if they can strike an agreement with Atletico Madrid.

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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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