Football   |   May 9, 2023

Chelsea in Talks with Atletico Madrid Over Joao Felix’s Future Amid Managerial Changes

Chelsea Football Club has initiated talks with Atletico Madrid to discuss the possibility of signing Joao Felix on a permanent deal. The Blues are also in talks with Mauricio Pochettino to take over as manager, and want to present him with a clear picture of what is possible before he makes any decisions.

Atletico has demanded £88 million (€100m) for the 23-year-old forward, but they are open to another loan deal, at a cost of around £16 million. Chelsea has also expressed its desire to reduce Felix’s asking price by offering swap deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marc Cucurella, who Atletico are interested in. Enhance your Premier League viewing experience with attractive betting odds from Empire777.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is 33 years old, has signaled his desire to rejoin Barcelona, while AC Milan is also keen on him. Felix, who scored a goal against Bournemouth last Saturday and highlighted his shirt, seemingly hinting at wanting to stay at Chelsea. The Portugal international hopes to avoid a return to Madrid, where Diego Simeone is set to remain as the manager.

Agent Jorge Mendes, who has significant influence in the transfer markets for both Chelsea and Atletico, will be heavily involved in trying to find a solution. Chelsea’s squad is set to face a significant overhaul, with several players’ futures uncertain, including Felix, Aubameyang, and Cucurella. The club hopes to appoint Pochettino soon to provide clarity for players, but the new manager’s arrival could alter the situations for some squad members.

Chelsea is hoping to sell some of the at least eight players they hope to sell, including Mateo Kovacic, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Edouard Mendy, Hakim Ziyech, Conor Gallagher, and Kalidou Koulibaly. Additionally, Mason Mount has piqued the interest of Liverpool, Arsenal, Newcastle, and Manchester United. The Blues are under UEFA Financial Fair Play watchlist after posting a £121m loss on their most recent accounts, which adds pressure to sell some of their players. Follow Empire777 Sports to get the latest updates from the Premier League.