Chelsea face Spanish fight for £30m target

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Spain has emerged as a possible destination for Chelsea’s number one target Neymar, with Brazilian legend Pele weighing in on the debate over where the youngster should move to.

“Neymar could play in Spain. It is the kind of football that is suited to his characteristics,” Pele said, in comments which will come as a blow to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.


“Eight months ago he could have gone to England, but I told his father that this style is not for him.”

Real Madrid have long been connected with Neymar, but Chelsea looked set to pay whatever was necessary to bring the 19-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

With Andre Villas-Boas confirmed yesterday as the new Chelsea manager, the Blues look set to make some big signings over the next couple of weeks, and Neymar is at the top of both Villas-Boas’ and Abramovich’s wishlists.

But while Neymar has admitted it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Chelsea, and with Brazilian stars Ramires, David Luiz and Alex already at Stamford Bridge to help the youngster settle in, Neymar may yet decide that La Liga is more suited to his style of play, particularly after receiving advice from one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

The Daily Mirror is rating Neymar at £20 million, but reports speculate the star could go for as high as £30 million.

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