Chelsea are close to completing a deal to bring teenage Brazilian midfield starlet Nathan to the club from Atletico-PR.
According to reports from ESPN Brazil, Nathan is set to fly to London next week for a medical with Chelsea and to sign a contract.
Agent Giuliano Bertolucci, who represents several Brazilians at Chelsea already, is the middle man in the deal who made it happen. ESPN Brazil reports that when contacted, the player’s father Jose Carlos de Andrade did not deny the report that his son is heading to Chelsea.
The exact cost Chelsea are paying is not clear, with reports ranging from between €5m and €7m for the 19-year-old, with performance related add-ons potentially taking it higher.
Chelsea reportedly told the player’s father that the Blues coaches will help turn Nathan into ‘one of the best’ in the world, while Marquinhos’s father also help to persuade him that a move to Europe is beneficial despite Nathan still being a teenager.
Marquinhos is another client of Giuliano Bertolucci’s and moved to Europe at a young age, first joining Roma before moving to PSG.
As well as Chelsea, there was interest from Real Madrid, Hamburg and Monaco.
Chelsea already have a strong Brazilian contingent, with internationals like Willian, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Oscar and the Brazilian-born Diego Costa at the club.
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