CHELSEA have reportedly scouted Brazilian wonderkid Bruno Guimaraes for fifth time.
The 21-year-old played for his club Athletico Paranaense in the Copa do Brasil final first leg, scoring the only goal of a 1-0 win against Internacional.
According to GloboEsporte, Chelsea had club representatives “in the Athletico box” to watch the defensive midfielder in action.
Of course any prospective transfer would only take place once Chelsea win their appeal over a transfer ban.
Guimaraes has a release clasue of £36m in his contract with the Brazilian team.
Shakhtar, Inter Milan, Lille and Napoli have all been keeping tabs on the defensive midfielder.
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And it seems a move to Europe is imminent for Guimaraes, who broke into Athletico’s first team last year.
Regarded as a late bloomer, the playmaker has racked up 32 senior appearances in Brazil.
But the news that Chelsea are monitoring a defensive midfielder will increase worries that they could lose N’Golo Kante.
SunSport has reported that Zinedine Zidane wants Real Madrid to launch a £100million bid to sign N’Golo Kante next summer.
Real boss Zidane has been a long-term admirer of the Chelsea star ever since he played a key role in helping Leicester win the Premier League.
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The Athletic now say Zidane has told his bosses in Madrid that they should make a serious effort to sign the 28-year-old at the end of this season.
Kante is widely regarded as the best player in his position in world football and is one of Chelsea’s most prized assets.
And Zidane believes he can make a major difference in the heart of his side as he attempts to build a new team capable of dominating European football.
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