Reports suggest that Newcastle United are eyeing up a move for Atletico Madrid’s talented 23-year-old forward Joao Felix, who is currently on loan at Chelsea.
The Portuguese international is thought to be seeking a new challenge ahead of next season, and Newcastle United are reportedly keen to bring him to St. James’ Park.
According to sources at SER Deportivos via AS, the Magpies are hoping to secure Felix’s signature during the summer transfer window, and are said to be excited at the prospect of adding such a dynamic and technically gifted player to their ranks.
Felix joined the Blues on loan during the winter, having struggled for game time at Atletico Madrid. However, his loan spell in London has not been as successful as he would have hoped, with playing time still proving hard to come by under Thomas Tuchel.
Indeed, it seems that Felix’s relationship with Diego Simeone had soured to such an extent that his parent club were happy to let him go out on loan in search of regular first-team action.
Despite his struggles at Chelsea, however, there is no doubt that Felix is a player of enormous potential. His contract with Atlético Madrid runs until 2027, and the Spanish club had hoped to raise around €100 million from his sale. Whether Newcastle will be able to secure his services for a more modest fee remains to be seen, but there is no denying that Felix would be a major coup for the Tyneside outfit.
It appears that Newcastle United will have to lower their expectations regarding the price of Felix, as it seems highly unlikely that Chelsea will pursue a permanent transfer for the 23-year-old forward. Instead, Felix is expected to return to his parent club Atlético Madrid, where his future will need to be decided in the upcoming transfer window.
Financially, Newcastle appears to have the means to pursue this transfer, but whether they can successfully convince Los Rojiblancos to part ways with their prized asset remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old has ample time to revive his career and could prove to be a significant asset for the Magpies, should they manage to secure his signature.