Barcelona have been heavily linked with Joao Felix in recent weeks, with Atletico Madrid keen to orchestrate the Portuguese’s departure as he is not in Diego Simeone’s plans for this season.
Atletico will allow Felix to leave on loan and an option to buy is likely to be included as part of any deal.
That suits Barcelona, although they cannot currently afford to sign the 23-year-old in any capacity.
However, they are currently exploring ways to be able to sign Felix this summer.
According to the newspaper Sport, they will make their move if one of the attackers Ez Abde or Ansu Fati were to leave during the last days of the transfer window.
Abde has been the subject of an offer from Bayer Leverkusen this week, while Fati has been heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona in the summer.
However, neither player is particularly close to an exit.
Barcelona look set to sign Felix this summer, even if it means letting go of one of their most promising players. It remains to be seen whether the operation will be completed.