With Joao Felix’s loan stint at Chelsea set to come to an end on June 30, Atletico Madrid will have to start finding ways to offload the Portuguese international again in the summer transfer window.
Felix had a falling out with manager Diego Simeone and after having underperformed at the Civitas Metropolitano for most of his stint, he left for Chelsea on loan in the winter window earlier this year.
While it was reported that Chelsea would be open to making the move permanent, the 23-year-old’s inconsistent performances and high price tag have meant that there are doubts about whether the Blues would be willing to make a big investment in him.
Amidst this, a report from David G Medina of MARCA is claiming that Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, Newcastle United, have emerged as an option for Joao Felix heading into the summer.
The Magpies are on their way to playing UEFA Champions League football next season as they are currently seated third in the Premier League, a point clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand.
And, in order to compete at the highest level, Newcastle are understood to be planning on making some big moves in the summer market, with Felix’s name now claimed to be on their radar.
Given their deep pockets, the Tynesiders could afford to shell out the €100 million fee Atletico Madrid are seeking for their loanee. A move to St. James’ Park might appeal to the former SL Benfica wonderkid as well as he desires to play in the Champions League.
In January 2022, Newcastle raided Atletico Madrid for the signing of Kieran Trippier. Whether they make a move for Felix in the summer will be interesting to see.
Some reports have also suggested that Chelsea might look to extend the Portuguese international’s loan stint for one more season instead of signing him permanently.
So, there seem to be plenty of possibilities as far as Felix’s future beyond the ongoing campaign is concerned.
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