Arsenal starlet target Paulo Henrique Ganso is being pursued by Chelsea.
The Brazilian international has been linked with a number of Barclays Premier League clubs as his reputation continues to rise at Santos, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was thought to be one of the managers keen to sign the player.
Frenchman Wenger has a reputation for getting the best out of young talent at the Emirates, and hoped to add 21-year-old Ganso to his ranks at Arsenal and develop him into a future star.
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City are also thought to be keen on the player, but it's Chelsea who appear to hold the biggest threat to the Gunners.
Reports in O Globo claim Roman Abramovich is keen to win the race for the player, dubbed 'the next Zidane'. With the player yet to agree a new contract at his current club, a move away from south America now appears to be on the cards, a fact that has kept clubs like Arsenal interested.
“Nothing has been resolved, there is no signature on the contract," said Ganso last month.
“It has been five months and nothing. To not be valued by your club is complicated. Talks were closed because Santos stopped coming to me. Santos practically doesn't value me. It's almost funny."
Whilst the player admits that he would be happy to stay with his current club, Santos could look to cash in on one of their prized assets. Arsenal will hope they can be the team that signs the player and bring him to north London.