Date: 7th June 2023 at 1:46pm
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With just one week remaining until the summer transfer window officially opens, several clubs are already busy preparing deals. 

Chelsea are set to be one of the busiest Premier League sides over the summer, with new manager Mauricio Pochettino and owner Todd Boehly tasked with trimming their huge squad.

Since taking charge of the club last year, Boehly has spent more than £500 million on 16 new signings at Stamford Bridge, leaving an inflated playing squad.

After a disastrous season that saw the Blues finish 12th and in turn miss out on European football next term, there is expected to be huge change in west London this summer with several players expected to depart.

The likes of Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante have already been heavily linked with moves away from the club, and loanee Joao Felix is also set to return to parent club Atletico Madrid.

Now, though, it appears that the Portuguese has been offered an instant return to the Premier League in what would be one of the most shocking transfers of the summer.

As per Football Insider, Aston Villa have been offered the chance to sign Felix as his agent and Atletico look to find him a new club.

Felix scored four goals during his time with Chelsea

The forward cost the La Liga side £111 million when joining from Benfica in 2019, but his time in the Spanish capital was relatively uninspiring.

In total he has scored 34 goals in 131 matches across all competitions for the Spanish side, but he was loaned to Chelsea in January after his relationship with manager Diego Simeone reportedly turned sour.

During his brief stint at Stamford Bridge, the Portugal international netted four times in 20 matches, but the Blues have decided against signing the player permanently, the report claims.

Villa, meanwhile, qualified for European competition for the first time in more than a decade after finishing seventh this season and are believed to be in the market for a new attacker.

The Villans will enter into the play-off round of the Europa Conference League next term, and manager Unai Emery will be keen to bolster his squad ahead of the start of the season.

The report claims that Villa haven’t yet ruled out a move for Felix, despite his reported £244,000-per-week wages.

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