Brazilian starlet Nathan has returned to his home country having been offered a five-year contract by Chelsea, though the deal remains unsigned by his current club, Atletico Paranaense.
According to Brazilian newspaper Gazeta de Povo the 19-year-old remains keen to join the Blues but faces complications over the fact that Atletico aren’t all to keen on the idea of him leaving.
Recent reports have documented how the player and his family took the club to court in a bid to enable him to move to England, with Chelsea aiding his case, though the ultimate decision was that a transfer had to be finalised by today.
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As a result the midfielder has spent the past week or so in west London, undertaking a medical with Chelsea and going through the motions in a bid to earn himself a proper offer. The Blues have responded by handing him a five-year deal, although at the moment Atletico have yet to give a formal response.
However, according to Gazeta the judge presiding over the case, Judge Morgana Richa, is likely to set a new deadline, which means that the possibility of a happy ending isn’t dead in the water just yet. Nathan is continuing to train in a bid to be ready for any eventuality, though there’s no doubting where it is he sees himself playing in the future.
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Indeed his father, Jose Carlos Souza, has revealed that the player had an offer from FC Porto that Atletico were keen to work with, but that that particular route wasn’t something his son was ready to entertain.
Chelsea over Atletico
"It's no use being good only for Atletico. It must be good for us too. Chelsea have offered Nathan a career project," his father said.
One thing that has been made abundantly clear throughout this whole process is that Nathan isn’t going to be signed on the specific orders of Jose Mourinho, and instead comes recommended by Chelsea’s South American scouting contingent.
Whilst not ruling out the prospect of him having a fruitful career at Stamford Bridge it does potentially mean that the starlet will have more of an arduous task in impressing, and a loan spell could be what awaits him if his move to Chelsea is finalised.
Only yesterday did it come to light that the Blues are moving to make Portuguese club Vitoria de Setubal their primary feeder team, meaning that a host of young players from the west London giants could be plying their trade in Portugal as of the summer on loan.
For Nathan this would be a perfect place to continue his development due to the cultural similarities and language benefits Portugal share with Brazil, although Atletico may yet prove to be a stubborn obstacle to navigate.
Chelsea fans, what have you heard of Nathan? Do you think he’s one to watch for the future? Let us know in the comments box below.
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