Chelsea have struck a verbal agreement to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid.
The Report last month that Chelsea, along with Arsenal and Manchester United, were exploring a deal to sign Felix, but Los Rojiblancos’ financial demands threatened to block any move.
However, sources have now confirmed that Atletico have agreed to lower their demands to facilitate a deal with Chelsea, who are expected to pay around £10m to take Felix on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Chelsea have agreed to pay the player’s wages in full, with the deal not believed to include an option to buy.
Both Arsenal and United were only interested in such a lucrative loan if it included an option to buy Felix permanently, but Atletico held firm and refused to commit to a specific transfer.
Despite the deal being purely a loan, Chelsea have not ruled out a permanent move for Felix in the summer if the Portugal international impresses at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues potentially looking to move some of their fringe players to Atletico as a plus player. – cash business.
Chelsea are looking to strengthen their attack after losing Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic to injury, while striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also dealing with a back problem, leaving Graham Potter with very few options in attack.
Armando Broja is already out for the rest of the season, so Chelsea could look to add more reinforcements ahead of the summer. Youngster David Datro Fofana has arrived from Molde, while the deal with RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku is for a summer transfer only.
Felix has long been on Chelsea’s radar since his breakthrough at Benfica and has been identified as a potential solution to their attacking crisis, with Atletico ready to part ways with the 23-year-old on a temporary basis following a clash with Diego Simeone.