Stamford Bridge boss set to seal deal for one of the hottest prospects in the game right now.
Brazilian striker Neymar close to signing for Chelsea
Chelsea are closing in on the signing of the exciting Brazilian striker Neymar for between £20 million and £25 million.
The Premier League champions’ chief scout, Michael Emenalo — who has emerged as an increasingly important figure in identifying transfer targets in recent months — was in New Jersey to watch the 18 year-old star for his country in their 2-0 victory over the United States.
Emanelo was accompanied by agent Pini Zahavi who has been brokering a deal with Neymar’s club Santos who turned down an offer from Chelsea for the player earlier this summer — thought to be around £17 million — and insisted that they would only agree to the transfer if his buy-out clause of £29.6 million was triggered.
Chelsea will still not bid that high for Neymar but there is a growing sense from those close to the negotiations that because the club are now willing to bid closer to that figure they can finally secure the deal. (Telegraph)
Carlo Ancelotti has been pursuing teenage sensation Neymar for quite some time and the youngsters glorious debut for the Brazilian national side seems to have spurred the Stamford Bridge boss into action and this source suggests a deal is almost done to bring the Santos man to the west London club.
The stunningly talented youngster has been chased by many of Europe’s elite with the likes of Real Madrid and AC Milan monitoring the youngster for quite some time but it seems that the Blues are ready to make an offer that the Brazilian club is willing to accept.
A deal in the region of £23.5m is on the table and it seems that Neymar is very near to becoming a Chelsea player. Ancelotti has been looking to bring in younger attackers to take into account the ageing front line he currently has.
The speedy attacker works well both as an out and out striker as well as out on the wing where he does a great deal of damage cutting inside and beating his man. He could prove to be a big success but clearly spending such a large sum on such a young player will always come with a small element of risk.
See below the moment he scored on his Brazilian debut against the United States earlier this week.