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Chelsea reach verbal agreement to sign Joao Felix on loan

Felix helped Portugal reach the quarter-finals at the 2022 World Cup
Felix helped Portugal reach the quarter-finals at the 2022 World Cup

Chelsea are close to signing Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix on loan for the rest of the season.

The 23-year-old played for Portugal at the World Cup and scored one goal in five outings at the tournament.

Felix has attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester United but is understood to favour a move to Chelsea.

Atletico made Felix the fifth most expensive player in history when they paid Benfica £113m for the then 19-year-old in 2019.

Although he has impressed at times, Felix has not reached the heights expected on a consistent basis.

Blues owner Todd Boehly is keen to bolster manager Graham Potter’s injury-hit squad, who have slipped to 10th in the Premier League and were hammered 4-0 by Manchester City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

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