Joao Felix, a Portuguese forward, has joined Chelsea on loan from Atletico Madrid and will play for the rest of the season with the team at Stamford Bridge.
A club release indicates that Joo Félix officially extended his contract with Atlético Madrid until June 2027 in advance of his loan move to Chelsea.
No buy-option clause is part of the loan agreement, which is good through the end of the current campaign.
The Portuguese attacker was signed by the Blues ahead of Premier League rivals Manchester United and Arsenal, who were both unwilling to pay the €11 million (£9.69 million) loan fee plus salary.
The Portuguese forward joins Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana, and Andrey Santos as Chelsea’s fourth January additions. Atletico Madrid allowed Felix to depart because of his tense relationship with Diego Simeone.
Attack is undoubtedly an area that needs improvement, and owner Todd Boehly has already demonstrated his willingness to spend in an effort to strengthen Graham Potter’s team.
Felix made the trip to London on Tuesday for his physical before joining Chelsea for the remainder of the campaign.
Joao Felix stated of his decision to join Chelsea on loan: “Chelsea is one of the great teams in the world and I hope to help the team reach their objectives – I’m very, very happy to be here and very excited to play at Stamford Bridge”
Prior to moving to the Spanish city in the summer of 2019, the 23-year-old played for Benfica in his native Portugal for a record amount for both teams.
Joao Felix is most effective when he is involved in the build-up play and moves smoothly around the forward line.
Joao Felix played for the Atletico Madrid team that won La Liga two years ago, and in his first season with Benfica as a teenager, he also won the league.
The Portuguese international has received individual recognition in addition to team success, and the 2019 Golden Boy award named him the greatest young player in Europe.
The club’s supporters also selected him as Atleti Player of the Season in the previous campaign. Joao Felix contributed two assists throughout the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and scored an important goal in Portugal’s 3-2 victory over Ghana in the tournament’s first match.
Felix is a flexible forward who can play as a striker, a No. 10, or on the wings, which will appeal to Potter considering that the head coach frequently uses different formations.
The decision to sign Felix without first negotiating a purchase option for the Portugal international as part of the loan agreement will raise concerns, though.