Chelsea are understood to have agreed a deal to sign the Brazilian striker Kenedy and are monitoring developments over another striker, the Serbian international Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Kenedy, 19, is due to become the eighth Brazilian player on Chelsea’s books – nine if the Brazilian-born Diego Costa is included – in a deal worth around £6.3 million. An agreement has been reached with his club, Fluminense, who sold his economic rights to an investment group who are then selling the under-20 international on to Chelsea.
That deal is believed to have been agreed, with Chelsea then having to decide whether they loan Kenedy – Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento – or keep him at the club, and how to deal with the issues around acquiring a work permit.
Chelsea recently struck a deal to acquire another young Brazilian, the attacking midfielder, Nathan, also 19, also an under-20 international, for a fee of around £4.5 million with the expectation that he will also go out on loan.
Chelsea have Lucas Piazon and Wallace out on loan and have Oscar, Willian, Ramires and Filipe Luis – although his future is uncertain – in their squad. There is also some interest in Mitrovic but it is not expected that Chelsea will bid for the Anderlecht striker, 20, this summer given the fee being demanded is upwards of £15 million. Mitrovic has attracted the attention of Swansea City and Newcastle United – who are both in the market for a striker – as well as the Portuguese club Benfica and is expected to leave.
Jose Mourinho is believed to admire the striker but although he is a full Serbian international he may be too raw to go straight into the Chelsea squad and meet the demands of playing for the club. Chelsea are, therefore, unlikely to bid.
Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal to take Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco for a season.
Arsenal are expected to announce on Monday that they have signed Petr Cech for £11 million. The Chelsea goalkeeper, 33, has agreed personal terms and passed a medical, on Friday, at Arsenal and will end his 11-year career at Chelsea to move across London.