Barcelona will sign Joao Felix from Atletico Madrid on a loan deal with the obligation to land him permanently next year.
According to Spanish journalist Marc Martinez, Joao Felix will join Barcelona on loan in the ongoing transfer window. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have sealed an agreement over a deal for the Portuguese international. And the Blaugrana will pay a loan fee of €10 million, with Atletico Madrid footing 30 per cent of his wages. In addition, Barcelona will sign him permanently for €50 million.
Joao Felix has only made gradual progress since joining Atletico Madrid from Benfica four years ago. The 23-year-old arrived at the Spanish club in a nine-figure deal but has not justified the hype surrounding him thus far. And a loan stint with Chelsea in the second half of the 2022/23 season did not work either.
The Portuguese international has turned out 31 times thus far for his national side. Meanwhile, Felix managed only four goals in 20 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea. And after returning to Atletico Madrid, his future is uncertain, as he does not feature in Diego Simeone’s plans after a few run-ins. But the player might have a lifeline, with Barcelona eyeing his signature.
Barcelona reportedly ruled out a summer move for Felix earlier this year due to the finances involved in a deal. But they might not have envisioned the option of signing the youngster on loan for the 2023/24 season. And Atletico Madrid recently gave the green light to Barcelona to land the player in the ongoing transfer window.
The update came in the wake of Felix’s comments this week, as he revealed his dream club to be Barcelona. And while at first glance, it might not seem that the 31-cap Portuguese international is an ideal fit in the Barcelona attack, his versatility makes him an attractive prospect for Xavi Hernandez.
The 23-year-old can be an option for the right-wing berth. So it is hardly surprising why Barcelona might be keen on securing Felix’s services. And the Catalan giants have now agreed to a loan deal with Atletico Madrid for the player. The arrangement includes an obligation clause worth €50 million.
In addition, Barcelona will pay a loan fee of €10 million, with Atletico Madrid footing 30 per cent of Felix’s wages. Meanwhile, the reliable Manu Sainz has also suggested the 23-year-old is on the verge of moving to the Catalan club. So the Portuguese international will soon realise his dream of playing for Barcelona.
Osimhen wants to join Chelsea – Mikel
Former midfielder John Obi Mikel suggested that Napoli star Victor Osimhen ‘wants to come to Chelsea’ ahead of the summer transfer window.
The 25-year-old Nigerian striker is widely expected to leave the Partenopei at the end of the season, having recently told the press that he’s ‘already decided’ his next step. He penned a new contract with Napoli in December that contains a release clause in the region of €120-130m.
Osimhen has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer, with a long list of possible suitors including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Speaking at the Web Summit Qatar via Calciomercato.com, Mikel first discussed the links between Osimhen and Chelsea.
“I think there is genuine interest on both sides. I’m convinced that Victor wants to come to Chelsea, obviously he wants to follow in my footsteps and the Nigerian players who played for Chelsea, such as Victor Moses, Celestine Babayaro…”
Finally, Obi Mikel discussed the other clubs interested in signing Osimhen this summer.
“He also has many clubs interested in him, such as PSG, Manchester United, but I am pushing, sending him messages, trying to make sure that there is only one club in his mind: the Blues!”
INEOS ‘surprised’ Man Utd didn’t consider signing Tino Livramento
Sir Jim Ratcliffe recently completed his purchase of a 28% stake in the club and is busy working on internal restructuring, with Manchester City’s Omar Berrada appointed as their new chief executive starting this summer and Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth closing in on being confirmed as the sporting director.
INEOS and Ratcliffe are also beginning to identify positions and profiles for the summer transfer window – 90min recently reported they are looking to sign a striker, centre-back and versatile full-back, while a midfielder will also be on their radar with Michael Olise already an approved target. Even a defensive midfielder could arrive if Casemiro departs, with interest coming from Saudi Arabia.
Man Utd’s need to bring in a quality option at full-back has been evident for a while. Sources have told 90min that INEOS are admirers of Livramento and there have questions why he was not considered last summer. Livramento left Southampton following their relegation from the Premier League and joined Newcastle for an initial £32m fee plus a further £8m in add-ons.
The need for a left-back is perhaps more pressing for Man Utd, but Livramento can switch from the right if needed. He has filled in at left-back for Newcastle and proven to be one of their most promising players across an indifferent campaign thus far and has also put his injury problems behind him, missing out on only one Premier League matchday squad this season, and this was due to illness.
Man Utd may not have viewed an approach for Livramento as within their financial means, but INEOS believe transfers for young profiles like him should be viewed as investments not expenses, so it would have been worth paying more for a youthful player with great ability. The 21-year-old’s wages would also have been lower compared to Man Utd’s median, while his price tag would stand to grow with good performances.
Cheick Doucouré extends contract
Crystal Palace can just concentrate on finishing the campaign as high as possible before a decent summer holiday and total reset.
They’ll be doing so in the knowledge that powerhouse midfielder, Cheick Doucoure will remain at the club for another five years, having signed a new deal with the club according to Fabrizio Romano.
Cheick Doucouré has signed a new long-term contract with Crystal Palace until June 2029.
Huge one for #CPFC after Doucouré was on many club’ list last summer including Liverpool.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch as quickly as possible”, Cheick says.
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