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Chelsea ‘serious’ about signing Joao Felix this summer

Chelsea 'serious' about signing Joao Felix this summer - Chelsea News

Chelsea are ‘serious’ about making Joao Felix‘s temporary move permanent during the summer transfer window, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano reports.

The Lowdown: Felix impressing at Chelsea

The Portuguese star joined the Blues on loan in January, having gradually drifted out of favour during an ultimately underwhelming spell at Atletico Madrid, in which he only started seven La Liga matches this season.

Felix may have only made two appearances for Chelsea, with a red card at Fulham far from ideal, but he has looked impressive already, scoring once and averaging two dribbles per game.

Graham Potter could try to retain the 23-year-old’s services beyond this season, although much may depend on how he performs in the coming months.

The Latest: Permanent move on?

Speaking to Caught Offside, Romano said that Chelsea will seriously consider signing Felix on a permanent basis once the summer window arrives:

“There is no buy option, but Chelsea always felt he is a fantastic signing, and they feel it could be a serious option to agree a permanent deal with Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.

“If Felix wants to stay, Chelsea feel internally that they could reach an agreement. The feelings are positive, but it’s too early to say for now if they will proceed.”

The Verdict: Do it!

While it is still clearly early days with Felix at Chelsea, he has already shown glimpses of the magic that led to Alvaro Morata calling him a ‘special’ player last year.

It looks as though the £250,000-a-week attacker has been afforded more freedom by Potter than the more defence-minded Diego Simeone – he has averaged 4.5 shots per game in the league compared to 1.9 at Atletico – and he could forge a formidable understanding with the likes of Mykhailo Mudryk and Kai Havertz.

Assuming Felix’s form continues to look good in a Chelsea shirt, signing him permanently at the end of the season is a no-brainer, with age still very much on his side.

The 28-cap Portugal international hasn’t yet reached his potential, having won the prestigious European Golden Boy award back in 2019, but the sky is the limit if he can excel under the right manager.

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