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Chelsea make approach for Brazilian

Chelsea want to sign Brazilian youngster Gabriel.

The 17-year old is currently playing for Bahia in his homeland, but the Blues want to bring him to Europe, although they face competition from Spanish side Real Valladolid.

Gabriel is a goalkeeper, who plays for the Bahia under-18 team. Although he has trained with their under-23 squad as well. He has also been called-up by Brazil at youth level.

It has been reported that contact has been made with his agents and an offer of £1.75 million made for 70% of the player’s rights.

Under FIFA rules, he will only to be able to move to Europe when he turns 18, or is he is able to get a valid European passport in the meantime.

If he does sign, he would be very much one for the future at Stamford Bridge and would initially fit into the academy set-up.

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