The Portugal international impressed in bursts during the World Cup – scoring once and assisting twice – but will be allowed to leave Atleti on loan in the January window.
Felix has struggled to adapt to Diego Simeone’s brand of football since leaving Benfica in 2019 and has fallen even further out of favour this season, with Atletico keen to try and cash in.
The Spanish side paid in excess of £100million for the attacker but do not expect to recoup that fee, particularly not in January, and are prepared to accept a loan deal this month.
Felix has been offered to a host of clubs already, including Manchester United and Arsenal who are both considering making bids, and any loan will likely include a sizeable fee – and potentially a mandatory buy clause.
Now The Telegraph are reporting that Chelsea have also joined the race to sign Felix after being offered the 23-year-old by his representatives.
The west London club are eyeing an initial loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season, with manager Graham Potter keen to have more firepower at his disposal.
Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz are Chelsea’s joint top scorers in the Premier League with just three goals apiece, while injury to Armando Broja has left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the only out-and-out striker.
Felix would provide more depth and cutting edge in attack and Boehly is believed to be willing to move swiftly to secure a deal and beat Arsenal and United to the punch.
Potter is also attracted to Felix’s ability to play narrow off either flank and Chelsea feel he could dovetail nicely with Havertz, who is likely to receive plenty of game time as a false nine in the coming weeks and months.
Felix has not started a Champions League match since September, failing to score or assist, but has three goals and three assists in five La Liga starts – averaging a key contribution every 85 minutes in the league.
Like Chelsea, United and Arsenal have their own issues in attack and will not give up on Felix without a fight, with the Red Devils severely lacking in attacking options after terminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract while the Gunners need reinforcements after Gabriel Jesus was sidelined with a knee injury.
Chelsea, meanwhile, also want to sign a new centre-back in January and are working on a £30million deal for Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile.
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