According to Marc Martinez, a Spanish journalist, Joao Felix will join Barcelona on loan during the current transfer window. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have agreed on a transfer for the Portuguese international. In addition, the Blaugrana will pay a loan fee of €10 million, with Atletico Madrid covering 30% of his salary. Barcelona will also sign him on a permanent basis for €50 million.
Joao Felix has progressed slowly since joining Atletico Madrid from Benfica four years ago. The 23-year-old arrived at the Spanish club in a nine-figure deal but has yet to live up to the hype. A loan spell with Chelsea in the second half of the 2022/23 season also did not work.
The Portuguese international has made 31 appearances for his country thus far. Meanwhile, Felix only scored four goals in 20 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions. After returning to Atletico Madrid, his future is uncertain, as he is no longer in Diego Simeone’s plans following a few squabbles. However, the athlete may have a chance to save his career, since Barcelona is interested in signing him.
Due to the financial implications of a deal, Barcelona reportedly ruled out a summer move for Felix early this year. However, they may not have anticipated the possibility of signing the youngster on loan for the 2023/24 season. And Atletico Madrid recently gave Barcelona permission to sign the player during the current transfer window.
The news follows Felix’s statements this week, in which he confessed that his dream club is Barcelona. While the 31-cap Portuguese international may not appear to be an ideal fit in the Barcelona attack at first glance, his adaptability makes him an appealing candidate for Xavi Hernandez.
The 23-year-old could be a candidate for the right-wing spot. So it’s not unexpected that Barcelona is interested in acquiring Felix’s services. And the Catalan giants have now agreed to loan the player to Atletico Madrid. The agreement includes a €50 million commitment clause.
Furthermore, Barcelona will pay a loan fee of €10 million, with Atletico Madrid covering 30% of Felix’s salary. Meanwhile, the dependable Manu Sainz has hinted that the 23-year-old is on the approach of joining the Catalan club. So the Portuguese international’s dream of playing for Barcelona will soon come true.