Atletico Madrid name price for Chelsea loanee Joao Felix, with Spanish giants ‘to demand £124m… However, if manager Diego Simeone remains in charge, the Portuguese superstar “doesn’t want to stay.”
Chelsea Transfer News:
A report released claims that Atletico Madrid is asking for £124 million in order to let Joao Felix to permanently depart during the summer transfer window.
At the moment, the Portuguese attacker is on loan at Chelsea, but notably, the Premier League club does not have an option to buy should the loan period expire.
Felix, Atletico’s all-time record signing, is now reportedly valued at £124 million, and if not, he is expected to remain in the Spanish capital, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The MD report also states that should Diego Simeone continue to be in charge, Felix has no intention of staying with Atletico. Felix and Atletico boss Diego Simeone‘s relationship has deteriorated over the previous year.
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Atletico, who are sitting fourth in LaLiga right now, 18 points adrift of leaders Barcelona, are said to be planning ahead for next season, but much hinges on whether Felix stays or goes.
It had proven to be an inconsistent campaign for Atletico earlier this season, with Felix registering four goals and three assists in 14 LaLiga appearances.
Simeone saw a need for a January loan, particularly after Felix impressed in Qatar for Portugal at the World Cup.
Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil admitted as much back in December.
Gil told Spanish television TVE on his way to Dubai for La Liga’s General Assembly:
‘He [Felix] is the biggest investment the club has ever made and I think he is at the highest level in the world in terms of talent but for reasons that are not worth going into now – the relationship with the coach, the number of minutes he is playing, his motivation – the reasonable thing is that if there is an offer that is good for the player and the club, that we at least analyse it. I would love him to continue, but that is not the player’s idea.’
Felix’s contract with Atletico Madrid was extended by one year prior to his loan move to Chelsea, extending his stay until June 2027.
Felix joined Atletico Madrid for £114 million in 2019, and the Spanish club is eager to turn a profit in order to strengthen their squad for the summer.
Despite his struggles this season, Simeone appears unmovable, and Felix may be hoping for the worst when he returns from Chelsea.
Felix has had a difficult start to life at Chelsea, having been sent off after 57 minutes of his debut against Fulham.
Because of his dismissal for a rash challenge, he has had to watch the win over Crystal Palace, as well as the draws against Liverpool and Fulham, from the stands.