Chelsea are set to announce to capture of exciting Brazil starlet Nathan after Porto failed in a late bid to hijack the deal, reports the Evening Standard.
Reports surfaced earlier this month claiming Chelsea had agreed a £4.5million fee with Nathan's club Atletico Paranaense and the youngster had flown to London to complete a medical.
However, the move was delayed after Porto made an eleventh hour attempt to steal the player. The Portuguese side may have offered the 19-year-old a fast track into their first team. Many South Americans have thrived in European football after arriving at Porto.
Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez are two examples who have gone on to achieve great things after moving to Porto while Brazil right-back Danilo looks set to break into the mainstream after agreeing a move to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, work permit restrictions means Nathan would have little choice but to spend a season out on loan in one of Europe's more welcoming countries.
That does not seem to have scared Nathan off, however, who tweeted his delight at agreeing a move to Chelsea when the original reports surfaced two weeks ago.
He also caused a stir after tweeting about a meet and greet he enjoyed with current Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and their Brazilian contingent.
A series of tweets has also revealed that the attacking midfielder is quite clearly a Blues fan.
IN and out
Now Porto have admitted defeat, Stamford Bridge officials can put the final touches on the transfer deal. They will then have to get to work on finding him a club for next season.
Nathan was at the Emirates to watch Arsenal draw against Chelsea on Sunday, but that seems to be the closest he will get to the first team for a while yet.
A move to Vitesse Alderham looks likely with a number of young starlets moving to the Eredivisie club over the past few years.
A talented starlet
While Nathan could easily get lost in the sea of failed Chelsea youth players, there is hope that this young Brazilian could become a genuine star in the near future.
The 19-year-old burst onto the scene in the 2013 U17 World Cup where he scored five goals in five games and was named in the team of the tournament.
However, he has a lot to learn and a long way to go before he qualifies for a work permit and then to convince Mourinho he is worthy of a place in his squad.
Do you expect Nathan to challenge for a first team spot in the near future or will he just be another Romelu Lukaku (sold for profit)?
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