Chelsea have made contact with Fluminense regarding Brazilian Under-20 star Kenedy, who has already alleged to have been the subject of a £5.7m bid from Manchester United.
As much was confirmed by the following quotes attributed to Eduardo Valdes, an intermediary of his parent club, in the Metro:
“There was contact with Chelsea recently.
“It was through Deco, who is now his agent. It was an approach, not a formal offer though.
“Half of Europe is following him.”
Kenedy is currently 5/2 to join a La Liga side before September 3, 2015 with Chelsea and United 3/1 and 4/1 respectively to stable the striker at that juncture.
But who is the man exciting precisely 50% of a footballing continent and what has he shown to whet so many appetites?
Aged 19, Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento is a product of the Fluminese youth system that stands at an already-well-built 5ft 11½ inches.
After impressing in the 2014 Brasileiro, he came to wider attention as one of the few saving graces of Brazil’s South American Under-20 Championship campaign earlier this year.
Kenedy’s primary gifts are in his pacey and elusive running with the ball, his strength in holding off opposition defenders and his ramrod left-foot.
He is often seen to best effect when sashaying in from one or other flank, throwing opponents this way and that with step-overs or obscene ‘elasticos’ like the one he pulled off against Argentina Under-20s.
However, it’s worth noting that a heavy preference for shooting with his admittedly impressive left peg could be a limitation against cannier defences.
Fluminense value their starlet at around £9.2m according to the Metro, although he has yet to nail down a regular starting berth at the Rio de Janiero club.
A hefty 18 of his 20 Brasileiro appearances have come from the bench.