Chelsea are expected to announce the signing of Brazil Under-20 international Nathan from Atletico Paranaense as early as Wednesday - and the 19-year-old’s former teammate Mosquito has congratulated his friend on his dream move to Stamford Bridge.
Publishing a message on Nathan’s latest Instagram post, Mosquito said: “Welcome to Chelsea @nathanallan10” following by the clapping hands emoji.
This is the clearest indication yet that Chelsea have completed a deal £4.5 million deal for the teenager following initial reports from Brazil earlier this week.
Medical to take place on Wednesday
The Telegraph are also convinced that the deal will go through, with football correspondent Jason Burt revealing that Nathan has arrived in London to undergo a routine medical before putting pen-to-paper on a contract with the Blues.
A deal between Chelsea and Atletico Paranaense has already been wrapped up, according to the same source, and negotiations between the player, his representatives and the west London outfit are expected to run through smoothly.
Man City lose out
Manchester City also have a strong interest in signing Nathan, but it seems Chelsea have won the race for the highly-rated midfielder’s coveted signature.
The youngster may have decided Stamford Bridge was the perfect next destination because of the Brazilian contingent already existent at the club.
Oscar, Ramires, Willian and Filipe Luis have all flourished at Chelsea, while Wallace and Lucas Piazon are currently learning their trade with other European clubs before hopefully returning to Stamford Bridge ready to compete for a place in Jose Mourinho’s first team.
Chelsea’s top scorer Diego Costa is, of course, also Brazilian despite the fact he represents Spain at international level.
Nathan could spend next season out on loan
It’s possible that Nathan will be handed first-team opportunities immediately, much in the same way Oscar was when he signed from Internacional in 2012.
Oscar, however, cost Chelsea £25 million at the time - and the fact the Blues are paying a significantly lower fee for Nathan suggests the midfielder is likely to spend next season on loan away from Stamford Bridge.
With such intense competition for first-team places in the Chelsea squad, it makes sense for Nathan to spend a season getting to grips with European football with a team based overseas.
But Chelsea fans could catch their first glimpse of the man set to become the club’s first summer signing in pre-season.
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