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Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix to undergo Chelsea medical as loan move nears

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix to undergo Chelsea medical as loan move nears
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Joao Felix has been granted permission by Atletico Madrid to undergo a medical in London as his loan move to Chelsea nears completion, sources have told ESPN.

Sources have told ESPN that Felix signed a new contract with Atletico until 2027 ahead of the loan move before accepting a move to Chelsea, with both clubs in advanced talks over a deal for the Portugal forward to join the Premier League side on a six-month loan.

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Sources added the initial fee is in the region of €11 million, although an option for a permanent move will not be included in the deal, and Chelsea will pay cover Felix’s wage in full.

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Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin suggested last month that Felix’s relationship with head coach Diego Simeone had worsened and that the club were open to agreeing a move away.

« For reasons it isn’t worth getting into — the relationship between him and the boss [Simeone]the minutes played, his motivation right now — it makes you think that the reasonable thing is that if there’s an option that’s good for the player, good for the club, we can look at it, » Gil Marin said.

He started in Atletico’s 1-0 defeat to Barcelona in Sunday’s league game and has scored five goals in 20 appearances this season.

The forward became Atletico’s club-record signing back in 2019 when he arrived in a €126m deal from Benfica.

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