Chelsea are interested in signing Santos midfielder Thiago Maia, according to The Sun.
The Sun report that Antonio Conte is looking to bolster his options in the middle of the park, and Maia is on the Italian’s wish-list as we approach the summer transfer window.
However, the Blues are not alone in the race to sign the 20-year-old. According to The Sun, Premier League counterparts Manchester United and Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running to secure his signature.
The stern competition is not the only obstacle Chelsea will need to scale in order to sign Maia. The Sun report that Santos have slapped a £16million price-tag on Maia, which seems hefty for a player who has only been proven in the Brazilian Serie A.
However, plenty of players have emerged from Brazil over the years and developed into superstars. Maia may well be the next, and he could do it at Stamford Bridge.