The January transfer window is in full flow, as several big names have been linked with exits already. Joao Felix was one of them, with Atletico Madrid ready to offload him after several quiffs with manager Diego Simeone.
His exit has now been finalised, with Chelsea reaching an agreement with Atleti to sign him on a six-month loan. Felix has also agreed to extend his contract until 2027 with the Colchoneros, which means the Blues do not have the option to buy him after the loan.
Felix was linked to multiple clubs in the last few months, including Manchester United, Arsenal, and even Paris Saint-Germain. However, Atletico’s demands — including a hefty loan fee, put several suiters off.
Chelsea are in a complicated position in the league, having scored just 20 goals in 17 games while sitting in 10th place. Their tally is the worst in the top ten, and even less than Leicester City and Leeds United, who are in 13th and 14th place respectively.
🤝 Acuerdo con el @ChelseaFC para la cesión hasta final de temporada de @joaofelix70, quien prolonga su vinculación con nuestro club por un año, hasta 2027.— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) January 11, 2023
¡Gracias, João, te deseamos mucha suerte en este nuevo reto profesional! pic.twitter.com/uGi99UkUpg
Graham Potter will hope Felix helps add to this tally as they attempt a charge to European places in the second half of the season.
The Blues will be shelling out a loan fee of €11 million for the Portuguese international while covering his full wages for the remainder of the season.
Manchester United, Tottenham monitoring Atletico Madrid star; player wants Barcelona move
Yannick Carrasco could be on the move from Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window later this year. The Belgian international’s contract with the club expires in 2024 and he is being heavily linked with an exit.
As is well known at this point, Barcelona have secured a €20 million purchase option for Carrasco in the summer as part of their negotiations to sell Memphis Depay to Atleti last month.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring Carrasco’s situation at the Civitas Metropolitano and could make a move to sign him up in the next transfer window.
Tottenham are long-term admirers of Carrasco and have previously made attempts to sign him. And it seems like their interest in the 29-year-old wide midfielder remains intact.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are also said to be keeping a close watch on Carrasco’s situation at Atletico Madrid as they are on the lookout to bolster their flanks further.
But any move from Tottenham or Manchester United would require Barcelona not to trigger their option to sign Carrasco from Atletico Madrid in the summer.
The update from Romano states that the Catalan giants are yet to make a decision on whether they want to activate their buy option for the winger.
While that may be so, SPORT is reporting that Carrasco has his heart set on a move to Spotify Camp Nou and would be ready to snub interest from the Premier League clubs in order to join Xavi’s Barcelona.
The Belgian’s agent, Pini Zahavi, has a good relationship with Barcelona, having helped them sign Robert Lewandowski last summer. He even tried to engineer a move to Camp Nou for Carrasco in January, but the Colchoneros did not budge.
As things stand, Carrasco’s future seems to be away from Atletico Madrid. What now remains to be seen is if Barcelona decide to sign him or whether he ends up in the Premier League.