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Chelsea & Man City Track £24m Starlet Striker

Stamford Bridge and Etihad Stadium pair keen on Benfica forward.

Chelsea and Manchester City tracking £24m hot shot Oliveira

Chelsea and Manchester City are leading the chase for one of Europe’s top prospects after making repeated checks on Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira.

The 20-year-old has been on Chelsea’s radar since impressing as a substitute for Oscar Cardozo at Stamford Bridge in the Champions’ League last April, while City have begun monitoring his form after a clear signal Benfica may have to cash in on him at the end of the season.

Oliveira is currently on a season-long loan at Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. His Benfica deal runs until 2017 and contains a £24million buy-out clause.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Both Chelsea and Man City have made pushes to switch to a more youthful transfer policy, with the Blues spending upwards of £80m on a group of new additions all of whom are aged 23 or under whilst Roberto Mancini forked out decent sized sums for youngsters England pair Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell as well as Serbian teenager Matija Nastasic.

Nelson Oliveira has impressed many since forcing his way through the Benfica ranks into the first team picture and the big forward was a surprise inclusion in the Portuguese Euro 2012 squad, indeed the youngster took part in four of his nations five games in the summer finals tournament.

Benfica opted to loan the striker to newly promoted La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna and Oliveira has already netted twice in his first four games in Spain though one does wonder if either Chelsea or Man City, though unafraid to spend huge sums, would be willing to fork out the £24m needed to trigger the Portuguese international’s buy-out clause.

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