Brazilian starlet Nathan has completed a medical at Chelsea and the club are confident of tying up his signature, despite late competition from FC Porto.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the youngster’s examination with the Stamford Bridge club went well, and that he was in attendance to watch Jose Mourinho’s side earn a 0-0 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend.
Such indications point towards the idea that he is on the verge of joining the club for good, although Porto are now said to be considering an eleventh hour move of their own in an attempt to steal him from under Mourinho’s nose.
Both Chelsea and Porto have a rich history of using Brazilian players, though at the latter Nathan would surely stand a far greater of chance of working his way into the first-team before too long.
At 19 he boasts plenty of potential, and was in eye-catching form whilst representing his home nation at the U17 World Cup two years ago, but to assume he’d be able to contend with the forwards Mourinho is currently using in his starting XI is naive.
The likes of Oscar, Willian, Filipe Luis and Ramires are no doubt a string in Chelsea’s bow when it comes to attracting Nathan, as they could all help him settle in, but Porto boast seven Brazilian players of their own, and, as has already be mentioned, would offer the benefit of more opportunities.
For all of the Blues’ pulling power any new arrivals who aren’t already established talents will know that they likely face being shipped out on loan for at least a season before Mourinho considers them for his elite ranks.
Such a system has already cost Chelsea the signatures of players before now, with Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric confirming yesterday that it was the reason he opted for The Foxes ahead of west London in January.
Of course that’s not to insinuate that Nathan will definitely do the same. As a burgeoning Brazilian star he’ll have his eyes trained on leaving a lasting mark at one of Europe’s top clubs, and the fact that he went to watch Chelsea play Arsenal is evidence of his genuine interest in joining the side.
Football fans, should Nathan opt for Chelsea or hold out for an offer from FC Porto? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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