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CHELSEA READY TO PAY £5M LOAN FEE FOR TARGET

According to CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs in GiveMeSport, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and Graham Potter’s Chelsea are willing to pay a loan fee of £5 million to Atletico Madrid to sign Joao Felix on loan in the January transfer window.

According to the well-known and respected journalist, Arsenal and Chelsea both believe that a loan fee of £5 million is reasonable if they are to pay Felix’s salary in full.

The 23-year-old Portugal international, who can play as a forward, attacking midfielder, or winger, is reportedly paid £250,000 per week by Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid wants to loan Felix to Arsenal.

Manchester United has also been linked with the youngster, who represented Portugal at the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

ARSENAL AND CHELSEA STANCE ON JOAO FELIX

Jacobs explains : “So, clubs, I think, might play the slightly longer game with Joao Felix.

“And my understanding remains if it’s to be a loan deal, clubs like Arsenal and Chelsea feel like somewhere in the region of £5 million is a fair loan fee if they are to take on all of his wages.

“And the loan fee is something in the region of double that at this point, so it’s kind of a tricky one because that’s quite a big drop in order to satisfy the clubs.”

Atletico Madrid are unlikely to let Joao Felix leave on loan for just £5 million, in our opinion.

We believe the Spanish club will demand much more for the forward, whom former Liverpool star Jose Enrique described as a “world class talent” on Instagram earlier this month.

After all, £5 million isn’t much for a big club like Atletico, especially since Arsenal, Chelsea, or Manchester United aren’t required to commit to making the loan deal permanent in the summer of 2023.

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