Chelsea not giving up on Brazilian playmaker
Having had two bids rejected for the player over the past two transfer windows, Chelsea aren’t yet ready to give up on the signature of Sao Paulo starlet Lucas Moura and will make another approach for the player in the summer.
According to reports, the Blues tabled a £30m offer for Moura in the winter transfer window, only to have their bid rejected out of hand by the Brazilian club who seem keen on squeezing another £5m out of their youngster.
The 19 year-old is part of a new breed of Brazilian prospects cutting a name out for themselves on a scale both domestic and foreign along with other starlets such as Neymar, Ganso and Casemiro, who have all broken into the international setup.
Moura has racked up an impressive 74 appearances for Sao Paulo, scoring 20 goals in the process and maiing 14 assists.
The attacking midfielder is being viewed as a long-term replacement for the aging Frank Lampard and while some would see reserve player Lucas Piazon fulfilling that role in future seasons, Moura could be more assuredly injected into first team football.
Moura would add to an already strong contingent of Portuguese speaking players at Stamford Bridge should he complete a transfer which already boasts the likes of David Luiz, Jose Bosingwa and Santos Ramires who could sweeten the deal for the target.
Andre Villas Boas may be rumoured to be heading for the exit from the West London club but will remain focused on his transfer targets this summer and should he be at the helm of Chelsea next season, having Moura on his teamsheet would undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable commodity.