Chelsea look set to announce the £4.5million signing of Brazilian wonderkid Nathan.The league leaders appear to have beaten Premier League rivals Manchester City in the race to capture the talented youngster's signature.
The 19-year-old has impressed a number of top international clubs with his dazzling attacking midfielder play. The Brazilian has been in London for talks with the Blues this week and passed a medical on Tuesday.
Nathan has a growing reputation within Brazilian football recently receiving praise from Maradona. The Argentinian legend worked with Nathan throughout his spell in charge of Atletico’s youth teams, and during the U17 World Cup he watched Brazil’s matches on TV. He kept in constant contact with the youngster via Facebook, he said.
“Nathan is unique because he can use all his skills — short dribbles, quick change of direction, accurate shooting — in one play,” he said. “What I tell him is that he needs to focus on doing something that is different from what the others are doing. That’s what will make him outstanding.”
Brazilian influence at Chelsea
The move will see Nathan link up with fellow Brazilians Oscar, Filipe Luis, Ramires and Willan. Nathan has been described as the next big thing in South American football and arrives in the capital with an ever-growing reputation.
Nathan first caught the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the world including Manchester City at the World Under 17 Championships two years ago. The midfielder has since broken into the Atletico Paranaense team but reports of a dispute with the Brazilian side has resulted in the youngster opting to part ways with the club in favour of joining Chelsea.
The graduate of the Atletico Paranaense academy can also play as a secondary striker. The versatility of the youngster is something that is said to have attracted Mourinho who will be looking for a replacement for the retiring Didier Drogba.
It remains to be seen where Nathan will fit into Chelsea's superstar squad but with such high praise the youngster promises to be an exciting prospect in world football.