It has been less than a month since Joao Felix joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid on a loan deal until the end of the season. But it seems like the Portuguese international has already made an impression on the Premier League giants as they wish to sign him permanently.
Indeed, according to MARCA, Chelsea are keen on signing Felix on a permanent transfer after the end of the season when his loan deal expires. To that end, they are already preparing an offer for the 23-year-old attacker.
Since moving to Stamford Bridge in the January window, Felix has played only three matches for Chelsea, having been suspended for three games in the Premier League after he received a red card on his debut. He has netted one goal in the process.
The former SL Benfica wonderkid was also guilty of spurning a few important opportunities during Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund last night, which the Blues lost 1-0.
Despite that, it seems like Felix has managed to make an impression on the new owners, who are ready to pull the trigger on his permanent signing in the summer.
Felix has already confirmed that there is no purchase option in his loan deal and Chelsea would thus have to negotiate with Atletico Madrid if they wish to acquire his services in the summer.
And, as per the report, the west London club are already working on a player-plus-cash offer for Felix. The report states that Mason Mount is one of the names that the Blues have offered the Rojiblancos as part of the Felix operation.
The England international was seen as an undisputed starter at Stamford Bridge in the recent past, but that status has changed of late, as was evidenced by him being benched against Dortmund last night.
Chelsea are understood to have proposed Mount’s name as an option for Atletico Madrid to reduce the cost of signing Felix.
However, the La Liga giants are not interested in getting any player in exchange and want an only-cash deal as they look to recoup most of the €127 million they invested in Felix in 2019.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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