Chelsea desperate to secure £105m-rated attacker’s services

Wolverhampton Wanderers are willing to sign Joao Felix, who Chelsea sent scouts to watch, from SL Benfica the upcoming transfer window.

The Mirror states that Nuno Espirito Santo has set his sights on an ambitious swoop for the attacker, who has earned plenty of plaudits for his performances in Liga NOS.

Numerous clubs have courted the 19-year-old in recent times, and reports on Friday claimed that the Blues sent scouts to watch him in action as Benfica took on rivals Sporting CP.

However, it seems they may need to accelerate their pursuit of the attacking-minded midfielder if their interest is concrete, with Wolverhampton Wanderers moving ahead in the running for his services.

The Portuguese chance has a contract at Stadium of Light until 2023, indicating that he will not be prised away from his homeland on cheap.

This does not appear to have stopped the likes of Wolves, though, who are seemingly intent on beating prestigious sides such as Chelsea to the signing of Joao Felix as the Blues are in desperate need for a creative midfielder to accelerate the counter-attacks.

Mateo Kovacic and Ross Barkley failed to perform at the top level with Jorginho also out of form and frequently criticised because of his latest performances against Manchester City and other top clubs.

The Portuguese talent has been on the radar of many top clubs in Europe with Real Madrid, and Liverpool understood to be in the race for his services with £105 million release clause inserted into his contract.