Chelsea look set to sign Brazilian wonderkid Lucas Piazon in a deal reportedly worth £10 million.
The Guardian are reporting that Piazón will join Chelsea from São Paulo when he turns 18 (next January) after signing a pre-contract agreement worth £10 million.
The Daily Mail suggest that Chelsea are closing in on the youngster, who rejected Juventus in favour of the English side, but with the fee potentially rising to £8 million.
Piazón has been dubbed the ‘new Kaká’ by many, mainly because the Real Madrid star also came through the São Paulo youth system. Piazón is more of a striker rather than an attacking midfielder like Kaká, though.
São Paulo recently purchased striker Luis Fabiano from Spanish side Sevilla and it is thought that this sale will help them pay for the 30-year-old.
Piazón has never played for his club at senior level but has been scouted by Chelsea for two years. He is currently playing in the South American Under-17 championship and will have a medical after the tournament this month. He will, according to reports, be officially unveiled as a Chelsea player in January.
It is believed that, while Juventus offered a similar fee, the Serie A side could not match the wages being offered by Chelsea. Piazón would join a large contingent of Brazilian players already at Chelsea, with defenders Alex and David Luiz already plying their trade for The Blues.
Piazón is widely considered as one of the brightest stars in Brazilian football, his talents on the ball and speed leading many clubs, including English side Liverpool, to track the youngster.
But it looks as though Chelsea have won the race to sign the Brazilian. He’s the not the first Brazilian player to be dubbed the ‘new Kaká’ (and he certainly won’t be the last), but Chelsea fans should be excited to see such a clearly talented, youthful individual join what is essentially an aging side.
He’s one for the future, which should give Chelsea fans great encouragement and reassurance over owner Roman Abramovich’s long-term commitment to the club.
This article originally appeared on sports website Sports Haze, which is now unfortunately defunct.
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