Atletico Madrid’s current assessment of the forward is regarded to be too expensive.
Chelsea could attempt to cut Joao Felix’s asking price by including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marc Cucurella in a swap deal for the Atletico Madrid attacker, according to a recent report from The Evening Standard.
What’s the latest Chelsea transfer news?
Mauricio Pochettino is claimed to have sent chairman Todd Boehly a list of five big-name targets for the summer transfer window, with the Argentine seeking to strengthen in a range of positions, including the goalkeeper, central midfield, and center-forward.
Pochettino, who is the strongest candidate to take over at Stamford Bridge, has a “very clear” vision of how he wants to reshape his squad, and he has lately highlighted Gavi as a prospective transfer to bolster his options in central midfield.
At striker, Victor Osimhen is one of the Blues’ key objectives, while they are also likely to make a solid attempt to recruit Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana, who may replace Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks.
Not only is the West London outfit looking at new players, but they are also considering keeping loanee Felix at the club, however, the Evening Standard report Atletico Madrid is still seeking £88m for the Portugal international.
The Blues have been in regular communication with the Spanish club about signing the 23-year-old, but they have been persistent with their asking price, although they would be willing to sanction another loan deal for a sum of £16m.
To cut Atletico’s asking price, Chelsea might potentially look at using Aubameyang and Cucurella in a swap deal, with the La Liga club rumored to be keen on signing both players.
Should Chelsea sign Joao Felix?
Hailed as “world-class” by members of the media, the Portuguese maestro has weighed in with three goals in 13 games since arriving at Stamford Bridge, most recently getting on the scoring sheet in a quick cameo away against Bournemouth.
Although such figures do not support an £88m price tag, journalist Zach Lowy has declared the “potential is there” for the forward to kick on from here, given that he’s had his first taste of Premier League play.
The suggested swap trade also would potentially be good for the Blues, given that Aubameyang has been quite unsuccessful in a Chelsea shirt, lately being termed “terrible” by analyst Frank McAvennie, while Jamie O’Hara recently branded Cucurella a “disgrace”.
If Boehly can lower the fee necessary for Felix by a sufficient amount, then he should surely attempt to use Cucurella and Aubameyang in a swap deal with Atletico Madrid.