Chelsea plan to complete €20m signing of Brazilian wonderkid

Chelsea monitor Maia

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are reportedly among the long list of European clubs interested in signing Santos youngster Thiago Maia. The teenager has attracted interest from numerous sides since his impressive showing for Brazil at the 2016 summer Olympics.

Maia, still 19, was a steady force at the heart of the midfield for Brazil as they went without conceding to the Olympic final where they defeated Germany to clinch gold via a penalty shoot-out.

A report from EyeFootball claims that the Premier League leaders will be keeping a close watch on the player this month with Santos due to feature in a couple of friendlies.

Real Madrid, Fiorentina, and Bayer Leverkusen are rumoured to be the other clubs in the running for the midfield anchorman, who is keen on realising his dream of European football.

A fee of around €20m is being quoted for a potential move this winter with the player likely to command wages of around 45,000-a-week on his switch to a European outfit.

Maia has turned out 90 times for the Brazilian giants since making his debut against  Chapecoense in 2014.