Chelsea are readying a £32 million bid for Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, according to The Daily Mail.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in the South American game, and has already broken into the Brazil international set-up after stellar performances for club side Sao Paulo.
With the west London club looking to add some exuberance and creativity to an ageing midfield, Moura could well be the man to link up with attackers Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata.
The starlet’s club president has stated that the Stamford Bridge side have been in touch and are leading the chase between the European sides for the player’s signature.
“At the moment it is Chelsea that are the closest team to Lucas,” Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvencio is believed to have confessed.
“Inter have presented an offer but that was not considered satisfactory to us. Real Madrid are another one of the teams and there have been contacts with Florentino Perez who admires the player very much.
“I do not know what it will take for Moura to leave. There are many factors. He is happy here and he will only go if there is an important proposal,” he concluded.
Despite the interest of other European sides, Chelsea have good links with the Brasileiro club after signing Lucas Piazon from them last year.
Chelsea’s interest in Moura could well put their proposed interest in Eden Hazard on the back-burner, which will be of relief to Manchester United and City.
By Gareth McKnight