Chelsea prepare £20m bid for Malcolm Silva in January

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Jose Mourinho is weighing up a January move for Corinthians forward Malcolm Silva, and hopes that the presence of six Brazilian players already on the books at Stamford Bridge will convince the talented teenager to join Chelsea ahead of Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona.

The Daily Star reports that the 17-year-old - who has been tipped for a bright future in the game - is being monitored by a host of top clubs, and could be on his way to Europe if one of the alleged suitors meets his £20 million valuation.

La Liga giants Barca were initially believed to have secured first option on Silva's signature, but now it looks as though Camp Nou is not the youngster's only option, with three possible Premier League destinations also on the cards in the New Year.

Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger have both been mooted as admirers of the South American starlet, but it's Mourinho who now appears to be leading the race as he steps up plans to lure the player to west London in 2015.

With compatriots Filipe Luis, Oscar, Ramires and Willian already part of Chelsea's first-team squad - as well as Wallace and Lucas Piazon on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Eintracht Frankfurt - Silva has already been given six reasons to choose the Blues, because it will be significantly easier to settle in to life in a new country and culture with the help of his fellow nationals.

The fact that Chelsea are currently sat pretty at the top of the Premier League table - seven points ahead of Manchester United and 12 ahead of Arsenal - might go some way to convincing the Brazilian where his future will be best served, particularly with doubts about the Gunners and Red Devils' capability of qualifying for the Champions League.

Mourinho's side a certain to be in Europe's elite club competition again next term as they continue to fight in a two-horse race with Manchester City for the domestic title this term.

The Citizens moved level on points with the Blues after their emphatic 3-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, but the leaders can regain their three-point advantage with victory over Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium this evening.

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