Chelsea have accomplished the signing of Joao Felix on mortgage from Atletico Madrid for the rest of the season.
The Blues have crushed Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal to the signing of the Portugal ahead, with neither aspect prepared to pay the €11m (£9.69m) mortgage price plus wages.
Felix may very well be in rivalry to make his Chelsea debut at Fulham on Thursday night time, however Blues boss Graham Potter stated the membership are awaiting affirmation of whether or not or not he can play within the west London derby.
Potter added on Felix: “He is a high quality participant. He could make a distinction within the closing third. He’s younger however has numerous actually good expertise. He is a high quality participant that brings everybody a raise.”
Requested whether or not the deal had been deliberate, Potter responded: “We have been conscious of it for some time. The accidents have perhaps sharpened the main target of the membership.
“It’s good to get him right here and coaching as we speak. We’ll see him for the sport on Thursday.
“From a bodily perspective, he can go in. It is at all times a bit little bit of an unknown interval as he’s going from one membership to a different, however that is on a case-to-case foundation.”
Atletico have stated Felix has agreed to increase his contract with the Spanish membership for one 12 months taking his deal up till June 2027.
On the mortgage transfer to Chelsea, Felix instructed the membership’s official web site: “Chelsea is likely one of the nice groups on the earth and I hope to assist the staff attain their targets, so I’m very, very completely satisfied to be right here and really excited to play at Stamford Bridge.”
Felix traveled to London on Tuesday to bear a medical forward of becoming a member of Chelsea for the remainder of the season.
The 23-year-old turns into Chelsea’s fourth signing of the month following the arrivals of Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos.
Felix joined Atletico from Benfica in a €126m (£111m) deal from Benfica in 2019.
The LaLiga aspect have been ready to let Felix – who has 5 objectives and three assists in all competitions this season – go away on mortgage in January due to his tough relationship with supervisor Diego Simeone.
May Depay exchange Felix at Atletico?
Atletico Madrid are in talks to signal Barcelona ahead Memphis Depay as they search for a alternative for Joao Felix.
Depay is out of contract in the summertime. Atletico additionally regarded into the potential of signing Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Nevertheless, FIFA guidelines state a participant may be registered with a most of three golf equipment in a season – however solely play for 2 of them.
Aubameyang has performed for Barcelona and Chelsea. Barcelona are exploring the potential of re-signing him if Depay makes the transfer to Atletico.
In a seven-month spell at Barcelona final 12 months, Aubameyang scored 13 objectives in 18 begins in all competitions.
Beneath Graham Potter, Aubameyang has began 4 Premier League video games.
Does Atletico contract extension recommend Simeone is leaving?
Spanish soccer knowledgeable Fernando Kallas instructed Sky Sports activities Information:
“It isn’t a shock as a result of I do not see Joao Felix taking part in right here. It was a relationship that was fully damaged [with Diego Simeone]. We knew that he was leaving, we did not even count on him to play once more for Atletico Madrid after the World Cup – they needed to do it, that they had no choice.
“He isn’t going to play below Simeone and he simply renewed his contract at Atletico, so is Simeone leaving on the finish of the season? That is the query everyone is asking in Spain.
“There are stories that the connection between Simeone and the board and Atletico’s house owners is getting an increasing number of sophisticated. He is a really sophisticated man to cope with, very strong-minded.
“His army mentality and regime at Atletico Madrid was actually good from the start with the low-level gamers, however coping with superstars like Joao Felix, it is one other deal.
“It is bizarre that it is solely a mortgage, it’s a very costly mortgage – €11m is some huge cash for just for six months with no purchase clause. What is going on with Atletico on the finish of the season – that’s the massive query .
“I feel it really works as a result of for Atletico, it is a very costly wage that Chelsea goes to should pay, and for Chelsea, they’re getting an excellent participant that wished to go away, he is motivated, he desires to point out Simeone and to Atletico that he’s well worth the €127m that Atletico paid for him. So, it is a ‘show it’ deal for these six months.”
‘Chelsea additionally need right-back and midfielder’
Sky Sports activities chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“You have to consider Felix’s wages. He earns greater than £250,000 per week so Chelsea should cowl his wages as properly.
“Chelsea have been criticized as a result of they’re spending a lot cash within the switch market, however they do have a method this month.
“Ideally, they want a right-back as properly, and a midfield participant.”
‘Felix deal works for each events’
Sky Sports activities reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
“This deal works for each events. Chelsea would most likely look to the summer season after they can reassess and see what different choices are on the market.
“For Atletico Madrid, they paid near £120m for Felix. In the event that they had been to incorporate an choice value now or promote him now, they would not get anyplace close to that cash.
“It is seemingly they will not get anyplace close to that cash after they do finally promote him, but when he goes to Chelsea and performs rather well for six months, he can then return to Atletico with three years left on his contract and perhaps his worth is increased.
“Arsenal wished to signal him as properly, and Manchester United had been him.”
‘Felix might assist however subsequent season ought to be the main target’
Sky Sports activities soccer journalist Joe Shread:
Proprietor Todd Boehly has already proven he is greater than prepared to spend in a bid to enhance Graham Potter’s squad, and assault is clearly an space that wants addressing.
Discovering the again of the web is a severe subject, with Chelsea rating twelfth for objectives scored within the Premier League, whereas Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz are the one gamers to attain greater than three objectives in all competitions.
The necessity for extra goalscorers in Potter’s squad is clear, however the lack of possibilities being created is arguably a fair larger subject.
Chelsea rank a lowly fifteenth for anticipated objectives within the Premier League and have truly outperformed their determine of 18.81, suggesting their forwards usually are not underperforming as dramatically as it could appear.
Felix’s transfer to Atletico might not have labored out the way in which both get together hoped, however he’s a participant who ought to be capable to assist with Chelsea’s points within the closing third if he hits the bottom operating in west London.
Regardless of beginning simply seven LaLiga matches this season, he ranks within the prime 12 within the Spanish prime flight for each objectives and assists per 90 minutes.
Felix is additionally a flexible ahead, able to taking part in as a striker, a No 10 or on the flanks – one thing that can attraction to Potter, given the top coach’s behavior of deploying quite a lot of formations.
Nevertheless, questions will probably be requested concerning the choice to herald Felix with out negotiating an choice to purchase the Portugal worldwide as a part of the mortgage deal.
Barring one other exceptional run within the Champions League, silverware is already out of the query this season for the Blues, that means the second half of the marketing campaign ought to be about constructing for 2023/24.
If Felix is not going to be part of the subsequent season, do they want him taking a spot within the staff of someone who will probably be?
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