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Chelsea reach verbal agreement to sign Joao Felix on loan – Ornstein

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According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Atletico Madrid for the loan signing of Joao Felix in the ongoing transfer window.

The 23-year-old had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United having been touted as potential destinations. However, they had baulked at Atletico’s loan fee demands of €15 million.

And, it is Chelsea who have raced ahead and finalised a verbal agreement with Los Rojiblancos over a loan deal for the Portuguese forward.

As per the update from Ornstein, a deal has not been signed yet, but an agreement is in place wherein Chelsea will pay a loan fee of €11 million to Atletico Madrid for Felix’s signing.

While the fee will be a little less than what Atletico were initially demanding, they seem to have reached a compromise on the matter.

Felix, as iterated earlier, was also on the radars of Manchester United and Arsenal, but has opted to choose Chelsea instead as he is said to be appealed by their sporting project.

Apart from the €11 million fee, the Blues will also be expected his full €6 million salary for the remainder of the campaign.

There is no mention of a purchase option in the report, although more details on the matter are awaited.

Felix joined Atletico in 2019 from SL Benfica in a club-record deal worth €126 million but has struggled to live up to his potential. The 23-year-old did perform well for Portugal at the FIFA World Cup and will look to revive his career at Chelsea.

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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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