The fact that Joao Felix, an Atletico Madrid player, is set to pick Chelsea over Arsenal with an agreement in place has been brushed off by Mikel Arteta.
This month, the Atletico Madrid star has been frequently linked to a transfer to the Premier League. Both of the London teams have indicated interest in taking Felix on loan for the rest of the season, as did Manchester United, and they are all in need of attacking reinforcements.
In contrast to Atletico’s initial demand of £13.25 million, Chelsea will pay a loan fee of approximately £9 million, and they will also pay his salary for the remainder of the current campaign.
Joao Felix, a January transfer target for Arsenal, decided instead to join Chelsea, leaving Mikel Arteta searching for substitute attacking reinforcements this month.
The player’s high earnings, a sizable loan fee, and a possible commitment to a long-term contract were all demands made by Atletico Madrid in order to get the player.
Chelsea has chosen to do this, forcing Arsenal to hunt elsewhere for replacements, most notably Mykhaylo Mudryk, although Arteta is more concerned with bolstering his present group of players.
Graham Potter’s team has struggled on offense since he took charge, so Chelsea is ready to revitalize their assault.
Atletico’s 23-year-old Felix has struggled this year. In 14 LaLiga appearances, he has four goals and three assists to his credit.
Felix moved from Benfica to Atletico Madrid in 2019 for a sum of £113 million, which ranks as the fourth-highest transfer fee in soccer history.
In their last eight games across all competitions, Chelsea has only scored three goals, and Kai Havertz has occasionally started up front.
Arteta responded candidly when asked about their transfer snub on Monday night: “My duty is to make those players as excellent as I can. I’ll make an effort to achieve that, and if we get any help, terrific.”
At the World Cup, Gabriel Jesus suffered an injury that has kept him out for a while. Eddie Nketiah is now the only known striker for the team, but he is in fine form, scoring two more goals in the FA Cup victory at Oxford.
However, Arteta acknowledges that he cannot rely solely on Nketiah: “The issue is that we only have one [striker] and it is difficult to wait that long until Jesus returns.
However, we must make the most of the players we currently have, and if we can bring in some reinforcements, even better.”
In the last 18 months, Arsenal has risen quickly, and their recruitment has been key to that success. The contributions of summer signings Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have helped Arsenal to a comfortable lead in the Premier League.
Arteta has emphasized the need to add players with trophy-winning experience. He asserted, “I believe so (things are going as planned). Going further, we require players who can communicate their understanding of how winning feels.”