Chelsea is getting ready for summer with a whirlwind of ins and outs. Mason Mount and Kai Havertz have been linked with exits this summer, and if they do, Todd Boehly could use his financial clout to sign Joao Felix on a long-term contract.
CFC signed Felix on a six-month loan deal in January, paying €11 million in loan fees to Atletico Madrid. The loan agreement contains no buy clause, which means that if Chelsea wants to sign the Portuguese, they will have to negotiate a transfer with the Spanish club separately.
Felix hasn’t exactly exploded onto the scene, but he has impressed in spots. His ability to carry the ball from midfield to goal has been impressive, but he has yet to find the back of the net. Felix has played nine games for the Blues but has only scored two goals.
After selling Mason Mount and Kai Havertz, Chelsea could sign Joao Felix.
Chelsea are preparing for the summer arrival of Christopher Nkunku. Graham Potter will have to decide who will play off the striker if he signs him. Havertz has been used as a striker by Potter, but his best performances have come when he has played off the primary striker or behind the striker.
Mount excels in a similar role, playing behind the offensive line. Nkunku has played as a striker, but his best RB Leipzig performances have come as a second striker.
Mount’s contract negotiations have stalled, and the likelihood of the Englishman leaving in the summer is higher than ever. If a new contract cannot be reached, CFC will consider selling Mount. Mount has been linked to Bayern Munich since Thomas Tuchel took over at the Allianz Arena.
Havertz is also expected to depart in the summer. The German is not a Bayern Munich target, but he is expected to leave if CFC fails to secure Champions League football for next season.
Chelsea will demand £50 million for Mount, while Transfermarkt values Havertz at £53 million. Their sales will generate a sizable profit that can be reinvested. With two departures, Chelsea could move forward with their plan to sign Felix on a permanent basis.
According to Football Espana, Atletico Madrid wants to recoup the majority of the €127 million they paid Benfica for Felix, which means the 23-year-old will likely cost more than €100 million.
Mount and Havertz’s sales would also free up space and ensure that there aren’t too many players with similar profiles. Felix and Nkunku are both capable candidates who could potentially coexist in the same system.