Juvencio: Chelsea are closest to Lucas

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Chelsea have wasted little time in showing their ambition to dominate the Champions League for years to come by making a €40million (£32.3m) bid for Brazilian starlet Lucas Moura, reports the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old Sao Paulo winger has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs, with Inter Milan and Real Madrid also both keen to sign him.

However, the Blues are leading the race to sign the South American teenager, according to Lucas' current club's president Juvenal Juvencio.

"At the moment it is Chelsea that are the closest team to Lucas," he is quoted in the Evening Standard. "Inter have presented an offer but that was not considered satisfactory to us.

"Real Madrid are another one of the teams and there have been contacts with [president] Florentino Perez who admires the player very much.

"I do not know what it will take [for Moura to leave]. There are many factors. He is happy here and he will only go if there is an important proposal."

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has targeted another four European titles in the aftermath of Saturday's memorable victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, and is wasting no time in his attempts to strengthen his Stamford Bridge squad this summer.

Radamel Falcao and Hulk are two players that have been earmarked as potential replacements for Didier Drogba, after yesterday's announcement that the striker will be leaving west London when his contract expires this June.

With a minimum fee release clause of £64.6million, Chelsea know the figure needed to automatically trigger negotiations to bring Moura to England, but it is unlikely they will want to spend anything close to that.

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