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A winger is high on Graham Potter’s agenda in January, but he also wants a centre-back who can compete for a first-team place

Chelsea transfer news: Graham Potter eyes Joao Felix January loan deal
Joao Felix scored one goals in four games for Portugal at the World Cup

Chelsea are looking at a deal for Atletico Madrid Joao Felix on an initial loan to bolster Graham Potter’s attack for the second half of the season.

Felix, 23, is available at the right price when the transfer window opens next week and, according to Spanish sources, Atletico are braced for an offer from Chelsea as they look to climb back into the Champions League places.

Potter’s targets for January include a centre-back to compete for a first-team place but a winger is high on his agenda to support an attack that has scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season.

Chelsea are considering a loan with an option or obligation to buy in the summer, depending on the terms Atletico want for Felix’s departure after the Portugal international’s four seasons in Madrid following his move from Benfica in a deal worth more than £100 million.

After falling out of favour under Diego Simeone – he has only started one Champions League match since September – Atletico are not expecting to recoup the fee they paid in 2019, when Felix was also on the radar of other Premier League teams.

While Chelsea’s rivals have been monitoring Felix, chairman Todd Boehly is believed to be willing to move swiftly for a deal. Felix would compete as a left-sided forward who can also play on the right, with Kai Havertz in the frame to play as a central forward.

Despite being out of favour with his club, Félix started in four games at the World Cup for Portugal and scored in their opening victory over Ghana, with his reputation still high among clubs around Europe.

With Potter looking to add a centre-back to his squad in January, Monaco’s Benoit Badiashile is in his sights, with the France international expected to cost more than £30m.

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