Chelsea ‘prepare to launch Joao Felix loan offer’ in bargain move for £100m star

Chelsea are lining up a sensational loan swoop for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix as Graham Potter looks to bolster his attacking options heading into the second half of the season.

The Portugal international, who joined Atletico from Benfica for around £113m back in 2019, has been struggling to justify his price tag at the Estadio Metropolitano and is open to a move away.

Chelsea are desperate for attacking reinforcements following Armando Broja's season-ending ACL injury and are expected to bring in at least one forward during the January transfer window, with Juventus' Dusan Vlahovic also on their radar.

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According to The Telegraph, the Blues are preparing to launch a loan offer for Felix with an option to buy at the end of the season attached.

It's understood the club considers a short-term deal the most sensible option given that RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku will be joining in the summer, and that Broja will be expected to return to the first team picture once he's back to full fitness.

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Chelsea's attackers have found the back of the net just 17 times all season, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling all underperforming in front of goal.

As such, owner Todd Boehly and his newly-assembled transfer team have been busying themselves over the past few weeks trying to find solutions and are happy to move swiftly for Felix in order to keep him out of the hands of their rivals.

Elsewhere, the Blues are keen to bring in a centre back and are expected to make another play for RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol next month, having failed to lure him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The club are also close to sealing a £35m deal for Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile, though it's understood this won't impact their move for Gvardiol.

Felix, who can play anywhere across the front three as well as in the No. 10 role, hasn't been in top form this season but was arguably Portugal's standout player at the World Cup.

Reports of a fallout between him and Atletico boss Diego Simeone have been swirling all season, and the 23-year-old has started just one Champions League match since September.


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