Felix Hopes To Make Chelsea’s Move Permanent

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Portuguese international Joao Felix is open to a permanent move to Chelsea this summer.

The forward has made only one appearance for Chelsea thus far after being sent off on his debut against Fulham last month.

The 23-year-old would cost around £70-£80m this summer were Chelsea to try and keep the forward long-term, despite reports in Spain suggesting parent club Atletico Madrid would likely demand a staggering £124m.

Felix’s relationship with Atletico boss Diego Simeone is believed to remain strained and Chelsea’s hand could be strengthened by their increasingly close relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes.

Atletico are keen to move Felix’s £250,000-per-week wages off their books.

Felix told media men: “I feel very good at Chelsea, I like the club. There’s no option to buy in the contract, so if they want to keep me they’ll have to find an agreement with Atletico. I’m getting to know the club, I like it — we never know the future.”