Chelsea appear to have won the race for Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix as the Blues have reached a verbal agreement with the Portuguese striker.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the deal between the pair has not been signed but the Premier League side are expected to pay a fee of €11m for the 23-year-old, which is below what they initially their La Liga counterparts wanted.
Atlético were said to be seeking a €21m loan fee for Félix, which kept many clubs from making a move for the star, but it appears Chelsea have convinced the Madrid-based club to part ways for less.
The London club have struggled offensively so far this season, and according to the report, they plan to reinvigorate their attack with Felix and other stars during the current window.
Athletic claim there has also been interest from Chelsea’s Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal, but Félix is said to prefer a move to Stamford Bridge as he was drawn to his project.
The Portuguese international is a very talented person and he has shown it on occasions for Atlético and Portugal this season.
However, the 23-year-old is not happy in Madrid and, as a result, he will initially move this January on loan, where he hopes to live up to expectations and flourish in a happy environment.