Chelsea want Joao Felix to stay for a second season on loan, as the Blues are reluctant to activate the forward’s 100 million euros release clause.
What’s the news?
Felix joined Chelsea in January on an initial six-month loan deal. In the twelve appearances he made for the club, the forward has scored two goals. The Londoners are keen on keeping Felix at the club, according to Mundo Deportivo, but are unwilling to match Atletico Madrid’s valuation of 100 million euros.
What could happen?
A second loan spell at Stamford Bridge could be an option for both Felix and Chelsea, but maybe not for Atletico. The Spanish club is aware that Paris Saint-Germain are interested and the French giants may be prepared to sign the forward on a permanent deal given they are possibly losing Lionel Messi to FC Barcelona and Neymar, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
The 23-year-old Felix was given a starter status under Chelsea’s former coach Graham Potter, but his game time has been limited under caretaker boss Frank Lampard. The Portugal international has been sitting on the bench for the past two Chelsea games and was only used as a substitute in these games. In Chelsea’s most recent defeat against Arsenal Felix wasn’t used at all.