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Agreement REACHED as Chelsea set to sign €127m star ahead of Man United

Chelsea sent Joao Felix transfer warning with Atletico Madrid ready to sell

Chelsea have verbally agreed to take Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix on loan, reports The Athletic.

After impressing at Benfica, Felix arrived at Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window of 2019 for a fee of around €126 million. This made him the club’s record signing, and he remains the fourth most expensive player of all time behind only Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Philippe Coutinho.

The Portuguese has had a mixed time during his three-and-a-half years at the Wanda Metropolitano. He has made a total of 96 La Liga appearances, with just under half of these coming off the bench. In these outings, he has netted 25 goals and recorded a further 13 assists.

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On top of this, the 23-year-old is a regular international for Portugal. He has earned 28 caps for the one-time European champions, and he scored in their 2022 World Cup opener against Ghana.

This January, Los Rojiblancos have been looking to offload the forward following a reported feud with manager Diego Simeone. With clubs reluctant to spend big in the current window, a loan deal has looked most likely.

And now he is approaching his exit. According to The Athletic, Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement to bring in Felix on loan until the end of the season, in a deal worth an estimated €11m.

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Should the deal be completed, he will become the Blues’ fourth signing of the January window. Benoit Badiashile is the biggest so far, arriving from Monaco for about €37m, while youngsters David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos have also come through the door at Stamford Bridge.

The south-west Londoners haven’t been the only Premier League side to show an interest in Felix. He was named as a possible short-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, while Arsenal were also linked as they look to fill the gap left by Gabriel Jesus’ injury.

Chelsea have been wildly out of form in recent matches, winning just three of their last 12 in all competitions. This has seen them tumble down the table to tenth, while also exiting the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

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Reinforcements in attacking areas will be necessary for Chelsea – only seven teams in the English top flight have scored fewer than Graham Potter’s men. Additionally, their top scorer in all competitions is Raheem Sterling with six, while the likes of Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Armando Broja have racked up a combined total of just nine.

Felix could make his debut in England on Thursday against local rivals Fulham. His first home display for Chelsea is likely to come against Crystal Palace on Sunday, January 15.

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