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Chelsea want to sign Atletico Madrid forward permanently, player also keen – Romano



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According to the ever-reliable transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea want to keep Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix at the club as part of their long-term plans.

Felix left Atletico Madrid for Chelsea during the January transfer window, after having grown disillusioned with life at the Civitas Metropolitano. The operation was a loan deal until the end of the season without a purchase option.

The Rojiblancos even pocketed an €11 million loan fee for Felix and extended his contract until 2027 before sending him to Chelsea in order to protect his value. The Blues are also having to pocket the entirety of his wages.

Felix has not made the biggest of impressions in his short time in West London thus far, managing just two goals in 12 games. However, it must be noted that the entire team has been struggling and the 23-year-old has at least shown some spark on the field.

And, as per Romano, the Chelsea administration is very happy with Felix and want him permanently so that he can be a part of the long-term plans at the club.

Furthermore, the Italian transfer expert adds that Felix himself is very happy with how things are going at Chelsea, with his teammates and with the city as well.

However, any deal in the summer will be dependent on two important factors. Firstly, the input of whoever will take over as the next Chelsea manager will need to be taken into consideration.

After getting rid of Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, Chelsea recently appointed Frank Lampard as interim manager until the end of the season. He will likely be replaced by someone else in the summer and his say on Felix will be considered.

On top of that, negotiations between the two clubs will also be key to the operation, given that there is no buy option in the loan deal.

Atletico Madrid, for their part, are likely to demand a fee of around €100 million for Felix in order to recoup most of what they invested in his signing back in 2020.

So, there is still a long way to go in terms of whether Felix can stay at Chelsea beyond the ongoing season. For now, though both the player and the club want to extend their partnership.

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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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