Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Atletico Paranaense midfielder Nathan, who is set to formally join the west London club on July 1.
The Blues announced on their official website on Thursday afternoon that they've reached agreement with the Brazilian club over a transfer fee, allowing the 19-year-old to put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge.
Nathan is an attacking playmaker by trade and is blessed with pace as well as an eye for goal. He'll be looking to make an impression on Jose Mourinho straight away, with a view to breaking into the senior fold in west London.
Speaking after successfully passing a medical and agreeing personal terms, the talented teenager outlined his short-term ambitions with the newly crowned Premier League champions.
"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea, the champions of England, and I hope I will be able to learn a lot and develop my game," he said.
Nathan joins a growing contingent of South American players at Chelsea, with Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Oscar and Willian already important members of the first-team squad.
With that in mind the youngster should settle pretty quickly in a new country and culture, which in turn should give himself the best possible chance of forging a promising career in England.
Having already featured at youth international level for the Brazilian U17 and U20 sides, Nathan has been tipped for a bright future in the game, ever since rising to prominence at the U17 World Cup back in 2013.
Chelsea scouts have been aware of the player from that moment onwards, after he netted five goals in as many games and was named in the team of the tournament.
However, the hard work really starts now for this burgeoning young star if he's going to make the grade in the Premier League.
He could follow fellow prospects Lucas Piazon and Wallace by continuing his development out on loan, but for now Nathan will probably just be savouring the biggest and most important contract that he's signed in his life.
The fee the Blues paid Atletico Paranaense remains undisclosed, although the Daily Mail are reporting a figure of £4.5 million, which is a significant sum of money for a relatively unproven talent, in Europe at least.
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