Joao Felix has responded to rumors that he could join Newcastle United, the Blues’ Premier League rivals.
Joao Felix has disputed rumors that he will be moving to Newcastle United for $100 million (£87 million) this summer. Since joining Chelsea on loan in January, the Portuguese sensation has scored three goals.
In the winter, his temporary transfer from Atletico Madrid sparked questions when he was bought for six months for £12 million, a figure that was later derided after he was dismissed within an hour of his debut. The 23-year-old has subsequently made an impression under three different coaches, but he hasn’t consistently displayed the superiority that would justify his $111 million price tag.
This summer, Felix is anticipated to return to Madrid, where a new choice regarding his future will be made. The gifted attacker’s love of London has been evident throughout his stay in the capital, so Chelsea, who have established a wonderful home for him, isn’t out of the running.
Felix will have other suitors snooping around him in anticipation of a summer clearout at Stamford Bridge, an upcoming new manager, and a desire to play in the Champions League. However, the possibility of Atletico Madrid recovering more than £80 million for him on a long-term contract has cast doubt on such a scenario.
Newcastle and Manchester United are only two of the teams rumored to be interested in signing him when the season ends, according to Portuguese site Eleven Sport, which posted the following on Instagram: “[Translated] Newspaper, Marca, writes that only Newcastle are willing to pay the $100m Atletico wants [for Felix].”
Felix’s response to the post was, “[Translated] It’s just wise men!”
Felix started Chelsea’s most recent match, a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest, however, Kai Havertz replaced Felix in the 3-1 victory over Bournemouth. However, he did score the final goal of the game after coming off the bench.
Only Conor Gallagher, Raheem Sterling, and Kai Havertz have scored more goals for the Blues since he joined Stamford Bridge, but his return to Europe was lackluster.
Before deciding his future, Felix must now wait for the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the new Chelsea head coach and for several important summer meetings.