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Conte set to resume chase for midfielder amid Chelsea revamp

The Chelsea fans here in the Football Transfer Tavern have had their eye on this midfielder for a while…

It was a surprise amongst the Chelsea faithful in the Tavern that it took until the final day for the Blues to bring in a Brazilian star, given that Antonio Conte’s side have made a habit of bringing a wave of South American talent in recent years.

Amid talks of deals for a number of huge players over the summer, reports surrounding one purported Chelsea target remained slightly less high profile here in the Tavern.

The player in question is Santos midfielder Thiago Maia, whom the Blues were reportedly unsuccessful in bringing to London over the summer.

Maia is a 19-year-old defensive midfielder and remains a near constant in the Santos first team.

However, despite Chelsea’s lack of success over the summer, reports would indicate that the deal is far from dead.

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are set to continue their interest in Maia in January, with a move around the £15 million mark set to be put on the table.

They add that a move could be more likely at that point, given that Santos wanted to retain Maia’s services until at least the end of their season.

Chelsea’s pursuit of Thiago Maia definitely makes sense, given the Blues’ woes in his position in recent months.

They have recruited N’Golo Kante, but the Chelsea fans here in the Tavern have been far from impressed with the performances of Nemanja Matic, whilst Marko van Ginkel’s Chelsea future remains in doubt given his lack of first-team action.

With Antonio Conte continually tinkering with his first team, our landlord thinks Maia could fit in well at the heart of the Chelsea midfield as the season moves forward.

For those of you that haven’t seen much of Maia in recent years, take a look at this compilation below…

Chelsea fans – we want to hear from you! Do you think Maia will be a good fit at Stamford Bridge?

Let us know below!

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