Wersetzt João Félix (23) bei Atlético Madrid?
The Portuguese will join Chelsea in the English Premier League by the end of the season. The Premier League club officially announced this on Wednesday. According to media reports, the “mattress makers” collect a rental fee of around eleven million euros for this.
Félix on his move to the Londoners: “Chelsea are one of the greatest teams in the world and I hope to be able to help the team achieve their goals. So I’m very, very happy to be here and very excited to be playing at Stamford Bridge.”
Now a replacement is needed – and a star from FC Barcelona is the focus of Madrilene.
According to consistent media reports in Spain, Memphis Depay (28) is at the top of the capital club’s wish list. But: As reported by the newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”, which is close to Barça, the Catalans have not yet received an official request from Madrid for the Dutch international and World Cup driver.
That could possibly change quickly when Félix’s loan deal is finally done.
Depay has been playing for the Catalans since the summer, but so far has not been able to convince in the Mediterranean metropolis. Under Barça coach Xavi (42), the striker, who can also appear on the left wing, is not the first choice. He’s only made two appearances in LaLiga this season, but still managed to score one goal.
Nevertheless: If an official request or even an offer from Madrid arrives, the club bosses first want to talk to Depay whether he can even imagine leaving, according to reports. At Barça, they know that if the Dutchman left, the financial situation of the clubs would not change much – and thus no relaxation in compliance with financial fair play. The Spaniards are heavily in debt, which is why they have had problems registering new players for league operations.
Can Atlético convince Depay of a move? Most recently, the striker is said to have resisted leaving. Premier League club Newcastle is said to have shown interest, a fee of 20 million euros was in the room. But Depay wanted to stay.
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Does he get another chance now? Most recently, Xavi explained: “I don’t want anyone to leave, I’m very happy with our squad. We don’t want to be active on the transfer market. I’m happy, also with Memphis.”
So did the issue get resolved before it got really hot?
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