Jose Mourinho has moved swiftly to bring Chile Midfielder Cristian Cuevas through the doors at Stamford Bridge, Mail Online reports.
Cuevas, an 18-year-old who plied his trade in his homeland for club O’Higgins impressed on trial and has signed a deal after Chelsea agreed a fee reportedly in the region of £3 million. The left back, who can also play as a winger told media ‘Chelsea were following me for more than a year. What I wanted happened, which was joining this club’. He has signed a contract keeping him in London until 2018.
Mourinho had also tracked Cuevas during his four game stint at the under-20 World Cup in Turkey earlier in the summer. Cuevas helped the South Americans reach the Quarter Finals in a tournament that noticeably lacked the presence of either Brazil and Argentina.
Cuevas will not be expected to play an integral role in the first team from the offset and it is possible that Mourinho and his staff may opt to send Cuevas on loan to another European club. A loan move for Cuevas’ fellow South American looks imminent with Benfica and Inter Milan keen on the Brazilian.
Chelsea will make a final decision on the whereabouts of Cuevas this campaign nearer to when the season starts.
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