Chelsea are in “advanced negotiations” over the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Cristian Cuevas and could welcome him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

According to the Daily Mail, Blues owner Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a £2.2million bid for the Chile Under-20 international but his club, O’Higgins, are holding out for something closer to £3.4million.

 

Cuevas’s claims Chelsea have been watching him for around two years and that a bid was expected for some time.

 

The quotes from Mauricio Valenzuela in the report also say the Blues have all but tied up the talented youngster’s signature and only a few minor details are left to finalise.

 

“The negotiations are very advanced with Chelsea,” Valenzuela reportedly said.

 

“There are still a few details, but the situation is very advanced. We have been working on this for a while, the idea is that players can leave Chile and be successful.

 

“Chelsea have been following him for a couple of years, and the offer was made due to his good performances.”

 

A mixed season for interim manager Rafael Benitez took an upturn on Saturday as his side thrashed Wigan 4-1 in an improved display at Stamford Bridge.

 

It was Chelsea’s first win in four games and goals from Ramires, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and a first Blues strike for summer signing Marko Marin gave them a simple win.

 

Shaun Maloney briefly halved the deficit to 2-1 in the second period but Chelsea hit back again through in-form Frank Lampard to ease any fears of another squandered lead.

 

The win kept the Londoners third in the Premier League and Manchester City’s loss to Southampton later in the day meant the gap between them was down to four points.

 

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