Chelsea are reportedly considering a surprise move to sign Joao Felix on loan in the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old Atletico Madrid forward has started just five of the Spanish giants’ 13 league games so far this season.
Joao Felix impressed for Portugal at the World CupCredit: Getty
He has contributed four goals and three assists in 18 games in all competitions.
But he has struggled to live up to the £113m price tag he joined from Benfica in 2019.
And according to The Telegraph, Chelsea could now try to pry him away from the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico Madrid are believed to be ‘ready’ for a bid from Graham Potter’s men as owner Todd Boehly looks to improve his squad in mid-season.
Chelsea are keen for the design of the deal to be a short-term loan with an option or obligation to buy in the summer.
Felix, who has also been linked with a move to Man Utd, would come in as a left forward who can also play on the right, with Kai Havertz believed to be the preferred option in the centre.
Despite a lack of playing time at club level, Félix started four of Portugal’s five World Cup matches before being knocked out by Morocco in the quarter-finals.
He scored in his first match as they secured a 3-2 win over Ghana, before producing an impressive display in their 6-1 demolition of Switzerland.
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Boehly is also considering moves for a pair of centers.
RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol, who was sensational for Croatia at the World Cup, is on their radar as a £45m option but is set to attract interest from a major number of prominent clubs.
Should the Gvardiol deal not go through, Chelsea are also eyeing Monaco man Benoit Badiashile, who would cost more than £30m.
Chelsea lost four games in a row before the World Cup break, and fell to ninth in the Premier League table.
They are also the lowest scorers in the first half after scoring just 17 goals in 14 games.
Josko Gvardiol was one of the most outstanding defenders of the World CupCredit: Getty
Benoit Badiashile is now believed to be on Chelsea’s radarCredit: AFP