Brazilian starlet has confirmed that he’s signed for Chelsea, posting numerous pictures to his Instagram to prove it.
For the past few weeks the highly-rated midfielder has been in negotiations with the Blues in an attempt to secure a transfer from Atletico Paranaense, having flown to west London to pass a medical and sign the necessary documents.
However just last week did it look as though his transfer might collapse due to his club planting their feet over letting him leave.
Nathan and his family had taken Atletico to court in a bid to have a ruling pass that would have enabled Chelsea to sign him, although there were deadlines in place that could have proven problematic.
Now though it appears that all obstacles have been overcome, with the 19-year-old now seemingly having put pen to paper. Describing it as a ‘dream’ to complete the move Nathan made no attempt to conceal his exciting, though just how long he’ll have to wait until he is able to crack Jose Mourinho’s first-team remains to be seen.
"A dream is coming true! First of all I want to thank God for always lighting my way, my dad who always believed in my talent and was a real warrior while helping me to reach my goals, my family and friends who always supported me...," Nathan posted.
The Special One has already secured the Premier League title and will be looking to help push Chelsea’s dominance onto the European scene next year. Unfortunately for the young guns on the Blues’ books that means that places in the first-team will be at a premium, and Nathan isn’t being purchased by Mourinho himself, but rather on the recommendation of his South American scouts.
With that in mind it’s surely a loan spell that beckons for the Atletico star, meaning that he’ll become yet another statistic for those who criticise Chelsea’s methods of bringing through young players to throw at the club.
Countless promising talents have come and gone at Stamford Bridge without ever threatening to hold down a place in the senior squad, and the club’s reputation must have been on Nathan’s mind before he decided to move to England.
The latest example of a player rejecting Chelsea’s advances due to the lack of opportunities in west London came in January, when now-Leicester City star Andrej Kramaric turned them down in favour of guaranteed first-team football.
Given Nathan’s relative obscurity he wasn’t really in a position to turn the Blues down, but all the same he might live to regret making his big move to Europe so soon.
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