Fabrizio Romano reveals that Joao Felix is prepared to pack up his bags and leave Atletico Madrid in 2023.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Romano explained that Portugal international closely watched by Chelsea would accept a change of scenery after the New Year.

Felix’s contract with the Spanish side does not actually expire until 2026, having only joined in 2019.

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However, the 23-year-old is not a favourite of Atletico manager Diego Simeone and is seemingly not content with a back-up birth.

It is this reduced role that has apparently caused the young forward to consider his future at the Metropolitano Stadium.

“He is not in the regular starting 11 for Atletico Madrid. This is why it is true Joao Felix is open to leaving Atletico Madrid in 2023. It doesn’t mean he asked the club to leave at all costs, because I’m told this hasn’t happened,” expressed Romano.

Can Felix find joy at Chelsea?

Understandably, there will be a long queue of suitors prepared to offer a new home to Felix if he leaves Atletico.

His wonderful goal at the World Cup provided the evidence there is still plenty of talent packed into the attacker’s boots.

But it may be a case of who can actually afford the 2019 Golden Boy winner, rather than simply wanting him the most.

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Felix signed for Atletico from Benfica in a deal worth £113m, and his agent Jorge Mendes will only accept offers worth ‘more than £103m’, stated Romano.

Who has the cash to splash?

A handful of clubs in the Premier League is a good place to start.

“Manchester United were asking for Felix in the summer. We also know Chelsea have sent their scouts multiple times to follow Joao Felix,” continued Romano.

Todd Boehly’s deep financial pockets would allow him to pursue Felix.

Yet, with Christopher Nkunku possibly about to join the Stamford Bridge gang, would there be room for the youthful Portuguese?

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