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Chelsea prepare £29m bid for Porto star Ruben Neves

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Chelsea are ready to launch a £29million bid for Porto's rising star Ruben Neves, but will wait until the end of the current season to do it, reports the Evening Standard.

The defensive midfielder impressed during his side's 2-1 win over the Blues in Tuesday's Champions League match. He caught the eye of Jose Mourinho, who is now seriously considering a bid that will meet his release clause.

As Manchester United proved after buying Anthony Martial for £36m earlier this summer, Premier League clubs are ready to pay big money to secure Europe's brightest young talent and Chelsea could make Neves the second most expensive teenager, after Martial, in history.

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At 18 years old, Neves is already an established member of both Porto's first-team and has also broken into the Portugal Under-21 set-up. His exploits have unsurprisingly attracted interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona as well.

But the chance to join a Portuguese icon at Stamford Bridge will undoubtedly be a proposition too tough to turn down. He will also have the opportunity to learn from Nemanja Matic, who is widely considered to be one of the best defensive midfielders in world football.

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Paul Pogba, of course, remains Mourinho's top transfer target for next summer, but the Frenchman is likely to cost in excess of £60m. Neves, although less experienced, would cost less than half of that and would command much smaller wages to boot.

Juventus, however, have made a terrible start to the Serie A season and already lie ten points behind leaders Fiorentina. If they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League, Pogba will almost certainly be available.

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