Chelsea are keen to push ahead with their plans to sign Joao Felix on a permanent basis and 90min understands the Portugal international would be prepared to join longer-term even if the Blues fail to finish in the Premier League top four this season.

Felix joined on an expensive loan deal in January and his contract does not include an option to buy, meaning Chelsea will have to negotiate with his parent club, Atletico Madrid, once again.

90min revealed last month that Chelsea had already begun exploring a permanent move for Felix, who cost Atletico close to £120m when he moved to Spain in 2019.

Sources have since confirmed that a fresh round of talks between Chelsea and Atletico is due to be held soon, with the Blues still keen to reach an agreement over a permanent deal for the 23-year-old.