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Chelsea very interested in signing €100 million Atletico Madrid striker in the summer



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As reported by Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea will make an effort to sign on-loan forward Joao Felix on a permanent deal.

Felix, 23, moved to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid on loan for the rest of the season during the winter transfer market. The move was finalized after the Portuguese signed a new contract with Atletico until 2027.

Now, the move may look like the La Liga side do want the youngster to continue, but in all fairness, the contract was only signed to help the club remain inside the league’s salary cap.

Atletico understand that Felix is their biggest cash cow and come summer, they will do everything in power to recoup the €100 million-plus fee they paid Benfica in 2019.

It must be remembered that Chelsea do not really have any purchase option in Felix’s loan deal. So if the parties involved are to establish a middle ground, they must sit and discuss how they can achieve it.

MD says that deep down, everyone involved is interested in a permanent move.  For what it’s worth, Chelsea are more than convinced of the Portuguese’s outcome while Atletico are hoping to put a €140 million valuation on the table.

This may cause some amount of distress, but Atletico know Chelsea do not really lack money. Ever since Todd Boehly’s takeover, the Blues have spent more than €600 million in transfers alone.

Furthermore, one must keep in mind that while Atletico are hoping to hit the sweet spot, Chelsea have leverage of their own. The Blues are aware of the broken relationship Felix and Atletico manager Diego Simeone share.

So while they indeed want him to continue, it certainly won’t happen on Atletico’s terms alone. In any way, Chelsea would in interested in a permanent acquisition if Felix continues to deliver on a consistent basis.

It is believed that the Blues see him as a vital member of the rebuild and even the player feels at home at Stamford Bridge.

“I feel very good at Chelsea, I like the club,” he was quoted as saying by Fabrizio Romano.

”There’s no option to buy in the contract, so if they want to keep me they’ll have to find an agreement with Atlético. I’m getting to know the club, I like it — we never know the future,” he added.

So if everything goes as planned, Felix might as well become a permanent Blue in the summer.

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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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