Chelsea are trying to make headway towards the signing of rising Brazilian starlet Kenedy by using their links to former Stamford Bridge ace Deco.
According to Metro, who cite quotes from one of the player’s representatives, the Blues have not only joined Manchester United in the race for the young forward, but they’re looking to steal the initiative and get ahead.
Kenedy has a burgeoning reputation in football thanks to his likeness to Barcelona star Neymar, and as a result there’s a number of top clubs interested in clinching his signature.
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One of those clubs, as has now been confirmed, is Chelsea, who know Kenedy’s agent, Deco, from the time he spent as a player in west London between 2008 and 2010. The former Portugal midfielder finished his career with Brazilian outfit Fluminense - the club Kenedy currently plays for - and subsequently became the 19-year-old’s chief representative after hanging up his boots.
"There was contact with Chelsea recently," said Eduardo Valdes.
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"It was through Deco, who is now his agent. It was an approach, not a formal offer though.
"Half of Europe is following him."
Of course Chelsea are sure to face stern competition from United if they want to tempt Kenedy into their fold. The Red Devils have been linked on and off with completing a transfer over the past few weeks, and his goalscoring form of late has done little to convince chiefs at Old Trafford that he doesn’t have the potential to be the real deal in the Premier League.
United vs Chelsea
With United ready to spend plenty more money this summer they are sure to be Chelsea’s main rivals in the saga, though if the Blues win the English title this campaign their allure may well be increased.
With the likes of Oscar, Filipe Luis, and Willian already in the fold the Premier League leaders also boast a strong Brazilian contingent, which could factor in to Kenedy’s overall decision if he believes he will struggle to acclimatise to the new surroundings.
One thing's for sure, and that’s that the starlet won’t be a Fluminense player for very long if is reputation continues to improve. As was the case with Neymar there’s only so long a young South American talent can resist the allures of European football, and with clubs prepared to spark a bidding war the obstacle of chiefs at his current outfit rebuffing their advances is all but overcome.
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