Report: Chelsea may need to sell Pulisic and Ziyech before signing striker

Report: Chelsea need to sell Pulisic and Ziyech before they can sign 'world-class' £86m striker

Chelsea may reportedly need to sell Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech before trying to sign Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix.

Marca claimed earlier this week that Chelsea are among several clubs trying to sign attacker Felix from Spanish club Atletico. He’s destined to leave the Wanda Metropolitano, too.

The 23-year-old is currently enjoying a strong World Cup tournament with quarter-finalists Portugal, who face Morocco tomorrow for a spot in the semi-finals.

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Chelsea need to sell Pulisic and Ziyech to sign Felix

According to the Evening Standard, the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have been put on ‘red alert’ over Felix’s situation.

It is understood that the Portugal international has a £86million (€100m) price tag and is set to move after a fallout with Atletico manager Diego Simeone.

The report delivers an interesting line regarding Chelsea’s interest, though.

Apparently, the Blues may need to offload current attackers Pulisic and Ziyech before attempting a move for Atletico’s highly-rated striker.

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Described as a “world-class talent” by Atletico’s CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin, Felix does have incredibly high potential for someone that’s still so young.

The quick centre-forward, who also plays on the wing at times, has scored goals for both Atletico and Benfica in his club career.

It would be fascinating to see how he would cope with the physicality and pace of Premier League football.

It will excite plenty of supporters targeting Felix, rightly so.

However, losing both Ziyech and Pulisic just to fund a move for him does sound a lot. They’ve both shown on the World Cup stage that they still have real quality in them, so can Graham Potter squeeze the best out of them in Chelsea colours?

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.