Chelsea are said to be interested in Brazilian prodigy Lucas Moura, according to The Telegraph.
Lucas has an €80 release clause in his Sao Paulo contract but Chelsea are understood to be prepared to wait until the summer when they will have more time to negotiate in order to bring the price down.
Lucas is believed to be Chelsea boss Andre Villa-Boas’s primary transfer target as he considers the 19-year-old right-sided offensive midfielder to be precisely the kind of player that he can rebuild his ageing side around.
Lucas played for both Corinthians and Sao Paulo’s youth sides before making his professional debut at the age of seventeen for the latter in August 2010. He quickly became a fixture in their side making 25 appearances during the 2010-11 season.
Having starred for Brazil in their victorious 2011 South American U-20 Championship campaign, he made his full debut in a friendly against Scotland in March 2011 and recently scored his first international goal against Argentina.
South American journalist Tim Vickery has compared Lucas in appearance and playing style to Theo Walcott and points out that he is entitled to 20% of any future transfer fee. Clearly Lucas is considering a future away from Sao Paulo and Chelsea fans will be hoping that Villa-Boas can persuade the Brazilian club to release him from his five-year contract over the course of the summer.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!