Chelsea are set for transfer talks with Santos for the signature of Thiago Maia, with the club’s president, Modesto Roma, having jetted to London to discuss the starlet’s future, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.
The 19-year-old ace is currently representing Brazil’s U-23s at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after emerging as one of the finest young talents in his home nation.
Indeed, Maia has been around Santos’ first-team for the past two seasons, playing alongside another top talent, Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa.
It’s understood that Chelsea have been wowed by his development and are ready to pay £15m for the teenage midfielder, and reports now claim that Roma has flown to London where he is set to hold talks with representatives from the Premier League giants.
An official bid from Stamford Bridge is expected once Maia’s Olympic duties have come to an end, but Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain are also keen and may wade into the battle.