Chelsea already have £100m Joao Felix plan ahead of Christopher Nkunku summer transfer


Chelsea will look to back Graham Potter with a number of new signings in the January transfer window. One of those could be Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix who has been given permission to leave Diego Simeone's side. The Portuguese forward completed a £110million switch to Atletico from Benfica back in 2019 but now looks set to leave the Metropolitano Stadium after his relationship has worsened with Simeone.

The La Liga outfit are not expecting to recoup a similar fee to what they paid for Felix but can still command a significant fee considering his contract is set to run until 2026. The Blues have already lined up a summer transfer for RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku who is set to complete a £52million move to Stamford Bridge, understands. The French forward has already agreed personal terms and completed a medical earlier this year and will be a part of Potter's squad for the 2023/24 season.

Arsenal and Manchester United are said to have held talks with Felix's agent, Jorge Mendes, over a potential January transfer for the Atleti forward. Todd Boehly is believed to be willing to move swiftly to complete a deal for the 23-year-old who has scored four goals and provided a further three assists in 18 appearances for the La Liga outfit this season, according to The Telegraph .

The report adds that Felix would compete as a left-sided forward who can also play on the right, with Kai Havertz in the frame to play as a central forward for Potter. This would suggest that the Portugal international will be competing with Raheem Sterling, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic for a starting role, rather than with Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It also hints that Christopher Nkunku is likely to play through the middle once he completes his transfer in the summer.

Felix would be a huge addition to the squad and despite predominantly playing as a centre-forward, he has the skillset and ability to play as a wide forward, though Potter tends to use his attackers in a fluid system allowing them to rotate positions throughout matches.

A new position might give the 23-year-old a boost in form should he complete a move to Stamford Bridge, with an initial loan deal including an obligation-to-buy clause a possible option for the Blues. It remains to be seen whether any club will match Atleti's asking price for Felix in January, but Chelsea may be willing to take the risk as they aim to finish inside the top four.

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