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Chelsea target will have a place at Atletico Madrid next season, insists club president

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Joao Felix was one of many players to join Chelsea during the January transfer window, with the forward signing a short-term loan deal with the Premier League giants.

His spell at Stamford Bridge, though, has been far from perfect. With two goals in 11 competitive matches, the forward has struggled to maintain his form during the second half of the campaign.

Chelsea were said to be interested in signing Felix permanently in the summer.

However, recent reports have claimed that there are some apprehensions over a move due to his current form and high valuation.

In light of his struggles, Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has offered an update on the player’s future, suggesting that the Portuguese international is always welcome at Wanda Metropolitano.

“What’s next for João? He will have a place in the team if he comes back here, for sure,” he said (h/t Fabrizio Romano).

Prior to Felix’s move to Chelsea, the former SL Benfica starlet was showcasing good form. He was involved in seven goals in 14 league matches, becoming one of Diego Simeone’s most trusted attacking players.

Although Felix is always welcome at Atleti, president Cerezo did leave the door open for a potential exit, adding, “We don’t know what will happen. In football, you can’t take anything for granted.”

There is no doubt that Atletico Madrid are bracing themselves for a difficult summer ahead. Following their elimination from the Champions League group stage, the club are in desperate need of fresh revenue, which could only be achieved through player sales.

Yannick Carrasco has been one of the players linked with a move away from Wanda Metropolitano, with Barcelona reportedly keen on his services.

It would not come as a surprise to see Joao Felix leave permanently, even though Cerezo insists that the forward will have a place in the team should he return.

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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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