A game and a half is all it has taken for Chelsea to have taken the decision to try to keep João Félix.
The player moved to the London club from Atlético Madrid for “a change of scenery”, as he recently told Diario AS. The Portuguese forward is currently on loan at Stamford Bridge with no option to buy included in the deal, meaning Chelsea would have to sit down to negotiate a move for the player with Atlético.
As reported by AS via Cadena SER, that is what Chelsea will do once the summer transfer window opens, where they are also expected to be one of the big movers and shakers in the window, encouraged by their billionaire chairman Todd Boehly.
The more than €600m invested in the two transfer windows since Boehly replaced Roman Abramovich will not prevent him from trying to sign the former Benfica player, for whom Atlético paid €127m in the summer of 2019.
The fee would likely be in the region of €100m, which would include the €11m agreed to be paid for the half-season loan, plus the €80m for the permanent transfer in the summer.
“I’m very happy, but nobody knows what the future holds,” João Félix recently said when asked about permanently staying at Chelsea.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN