Chelsea have struck a verbal settlement to signal Joao Felix on mortgage from Atletico Madrid, 90min understands.
90min revealed final month that Chelsea, alongside Arsenal and Manchester United, had explored a deal to signal Felix, however Los Rojiblancos’ monetary calls for threatened to dam any transfer.
However, sources have now confirmed that Atletico have agreed to decrease their calls for to facilitate a take care of Chelsea, who’re anticipated to pay round €10m to take Felix on mortgage for the rest of the marketing campaign.
Chelsea have agreed to pay the participant’s wages in full, whereas the settlement will not be believed to incorporate an choice to purchase.
Both Arsenal and United had been solely taken with such a profitable mortgage if it included an choice to purchase Felix completely however Atletico have held agency and declined to decide to a concrete switch.
Despite the settlement being a pure mortgage, Chelsea haven’t dominated out a transfer to signal Felix completely in the summertime if the Portugal worldwide impresses at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues doubtlessly seeking to offload a few of their fringe gamers to Atletico in a player-plus-cash deal.
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Chelsea are eager to bolster in assault after shedding each Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic to accidents, whereas striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has additionally been coping with a again situation, leaving Graham Potter with only a few choices to decide on between in assault.
Armando Broja is already out for the rest of the season and so Chelsea may look to bolster additional earlier than the summer season. Young David Datro Fofana has joined from Molde whereas the deal to signal Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig is just for a summer season switch.
Felix has lengthy been on Chelsea’s radar since his breakthrough at Benfica and has been recognized as a possible resolution to their attacking disaster, with Atletico able to half with the 23-year-old briefly after a conflict with Diego Simeone.
Since shifting to Spain in a £113m deal in 2019, Felix has racked up 34 targets and 18 assists in 131 appearances for Atletico.