After Neymar recently named Chelsea as one of the clubs he would love to move to, is Stamford Bridge now the new hot-spot for Brazilian talent?
The Santos star suggested that when he moves from Brazil, he would love to move to a club like Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
The 21-year-old is one of the hottest properties in world football and it is expected that wherever he moves he will bring success with him. For a South American starlet to name Real Madrid or Barcelona as his next possible destination will come as no shock as these teams are two of the biggest clubs in world football.
However, we will look at why Neymar also picked out Chelsea, who are fast becoming the next best option for talent in Brazil.
Brazil export a large number of footballers throughout the world. The Premier League has also seen no shortage of Brazilian players such as Robinho, Gilberto Silva, Juninho, Elano, Alex and Kleberson, all of whom have been part of the Premier League with varying success.
But the top talent of Brazilian football has so far eluded it. The likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo came close to coming to joining the Premier League but those deals never materialised.
Chelsea is a club which has seen its Brazilian contingent swell in recent years, with the likes of David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar and Lucas Piazon at the club. Add in the Iberian players and the prospects for a Brazilian of joining the squad become a lot more attractive.
The other thing that gives Chelsea an edge over the other Premier League top teams is that they are not only able to offer top wages but also the exciting city of London, which may be more attractive for a South American than Manchester.
It is still to be seen if Chelsea will be able to prise Neymar away from the clutches of the big two in Spain, but they have laid the foundation for the club to compete for the best talent in Brazil - and when the chance arrives to sign the next big samba sensation they will surely be in contention.
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