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Chelsea could sign Joao Felix on a permanent basis at the end of the season as a clause in the Atletico star’s loan deal is revealed

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CHELSEA’s mega-spree could include a permanent deal for Joao Felix in the summer – thanks to a clause in his loan move.

The 23-year-old Portuguese forward is under contract with Atletico Madrid until 2027 but will reconsider his future once his stint at Stamford Bridge ends.

Felix’s 6-month move to the Premier League cost Chelsea a £10million fee and makes him their fourth-highest earner at around £250,000 a week.

And The Athletic say his loan deal includes a clause allowing for a full transfer.

Felix’s agent Jorge Mendes is said to have helped plan the move for the remainder of the season, giving the wideman more options going forward.

And no one can doubt that Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is backing strong words of support for hard-pressed manager Graham Potter with hard money.

The Blues are expected to launch a final push for world champion midfielder Enzo Fernandez this month.

Benfica have refused to sell the Argentinian hero, who has a £105m release clause, but Chelsea are considering an increased offer of £60m plus add-ons.

Chelsea’s six signings in January have cost £189million – with another recruit or two likely.

The Arsenal win over £97m Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk is the crowning glory.

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But Benoit Badiashile, David Datro Fofana, Andrey Santos and Noni Madueke were not cheap either.

It means spending since the summer under Boehly amounts to £400million – for a side sitting just tenth in the Premier League.

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