Chelsea ready to spend £25 million for Brazilian striker

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Bengaluru, July 14: Chelsea FC get a major transfer boost after Brazilian footballer Gabriel Barbosa confirms that he wants to play for the English Premier League giants.

Barbosa or Gabigol as he is popularly known as is one of the best upcoming talents in world football who is getting nurtured at Brazilian club Santos, the club of Pele, Neymar and several other stars.

Antonio Conte at Chelsea FC practice (Image courtesy: Chelsea FC twitter handle)

According to reports from European media outlets, Chelsea are ready to shell out £25m to get hold of youngster this summer.

Gabriel Barbosa primarily a forward is a versatile young player who can play as a number 10 as well. He was a youth product of the Brazilian side and was promoted to the senior team in 2013.

Gabigol played 30 matches for Santos last season scoring 10 goals. The Brazilian is known for immense speed and great technical abilities. He perfectly fits into Antonio Conte's style of play.

Chelsea's city rivals Arsenal FC too were keen on signing the young attacker and were closely linked with the player. But now as the reports suggest, Chelsea are leading the race and might actually get him.

Apart from Arsenal, Italian Serie A giants and reigning champions Juventus FC too are keen on getting the player and have already approached the Brazilian side regarding the availability of the player.

Chelsea have bought Belgian international striker Michy Batshuayi this summer so far from Olympique Marseille. They have realed on loan striker Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato and are only left with Diego Costa upfront.

Italian manager Antonio who joined Chelsea as their new manager this season in known to play 3-5-2. The Italian national team under him implied similar tactics at the Euro 2016 and played eye-catching football.

In order to pursue his 3-5-3 formation, Conte needs to sign at least 3 more strikers. Gabigol's addition will definitely add value to the squad.

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