Manchester United are considering making a move for Joāo Felix in the summer.
The Portuguese striker joined Chelsea on loan in January from Atlético Madrid, although that deal contained no option to buy.
He has already done enough in his time at Stamford Bridge to convince the board that they should try and sign him permanently, and Felix himself has indicated that he will consider his options at the end of the season.
However, the fact that, unless they win the tournament this year, it does not look like Chelsea can offer him Champions League football next season may count against them.
United look like they will qualify, although whether they or Chelsea, are prepared to meet Atlético’s £80 million asking price for the 23 year old is another matter altogether. In any case, there seems no way back for Felix at the Spanish club, where he fell out with manager Diego Simeone, and whose results have picked up since he left.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.