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Chelsea ready to pay €11 million to sign Atletico Madrid superstar on loan



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Last month, Atletico Madrid president confirmed that Joao Felix is on his way out of the club after differences between him and Diego Simeone. The player was relegated to a bench role for a while before making his way back recently.

“He is the biggest bet the club has made. I think he has the highest level in the world but for reasons that are not worth going into now, the relationship between the coach and him is not good, nor is his motivation,” Gil Marin said.

“The reasonable thing is to think that he leaves, although I would love him to continue, but, this is not the player’s idea.”

Atletico have not made his departure easy, though. They have set a massive €100 million-plus price tag on him for a permanent loan, which is obviously difficult to meet in the winter.

They are, however, ready to let him leave on loan with a fee, with Manchester United, PSG, and Chelsea linked. The reported fee was in the region of €11-12 million, which put off most suitors.

Most. Not all.

According to fresh reports from Record, Chelsea are ready to pay the €11 million loan fee for Joao Felix Atletico have demanded.

The loan would last until the end of the season with possibly an obligation to buy, which could range from anywhere between €80-120 million.

Atleti bought him from Benfica for €125 million and are not ready to take a loss on him, especially given the club’s financial condition.

Further, his influence on the pitch has fallen down, too, with the return of Antoine Griezmann, who has been in rather impressive form.

Felix has four goals and three assists this season in the league in 14 games. He started and played 73 minutes against Barcelona recently, registering just one shot – that too, off target.

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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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