Newcastle United are reportedly keeping a close eye on Joao Felix’s situation and could make a move for the Chelsea loan star if they secure a top-four finish.
The Portuguese star fell out with Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and moved to Stamford Bridge on loan in January, with the La Liga side reported to be keen to sell him permanently this summer.
Chelsea have been pleased with Felix’s impact since arriving at the club, with the 23-year-old scoring three goals in the Premier League and impressing with his all-round play.
The London club are open to signing him on a permanent basis, though their transfer focus is on securing a natural number nine with a proven scoring record – a profile Felix does not fit.
With Atletico demanding €100m (£87m), Chelsea may have to pass up on the chance to sign Felix in order to prioritise other areas of the squad – though it has been suggested they could try offering players in a swap deal.
The former Benfica star attracted plenty of interest in January when he was available for loan – Arsenal, Manchester United and even Aston Villa were linked – and now a new name has emerged as a possible frontrunner for his signature.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Newcastle are interested in signing Felix but they will need to qualify for the Champions League to stand any chance.
The Magpies are now in third place in the Premier League, ahead of United on goal difference, but Liverpool are just one point behind – though have played a game more.
Felix is keen to play in the Champions League next campaign and would consider a move to St James’ Park if they secure European football.
Newcastle have spent quite sensibly since the Saudi owners took over, with their £63m move for Alexander Isak the biggest deal sanctioned so far.
But a move for Felix would shatter their transfer record, with Atletico Madrid adamant they want £87m irrespective of the player’s falling out with Simeone.