Antonio Conte, the new manager at Chelsea seems to be a smart operator in the transfer window.
He has completed the signings of Michy Batshuayi and N’ Golo Kante, two players who are a perfect fit to his style of play and will be hoping to turn the fortunes around for the former English Champions.
He has made a move for a number of top class European players and it looks like he only targets players who will have no problem moving to the club but one player who Conte might be missing out on this summer is Brazilian wonder kid Gabriel Barbosa.
The 19-year old is undoubtedly one of the hottest prospects in world football at the moment. He has scored 12 goals in 27-appearances for Santos in the Brazilian domestic league and has been attracting interests from many clubs across Europe including Real Madrid and Manchester United.
It was recently reported that Chelsea may be close to his signing with a reported £25m bid but it is now understood that the Italian Champions from Turin are ready to make a final offer for the player.
Juventus were rejected in their £16.7m move for the youngster earlier this month and it is now reported that the Italian giants are ready to up the bid to up to £20.8m as they are desperate to get their hands on the 19-year old.
However, a move for Barbosa is not going to be easy for any European club with third-party interest in the player’s economic rights.
A sports investment group, Doyen, are due 20% of the attacker’s transfer fee and they could force Santos to hold out for a higher bid should they wish to.
And without securing Barbosa’s rights in full, Chelsea would not be able to register him following a tightening of the rules around third-party ownership.
This will make it hard for the clubs across Europe to make a move for the player this summer.
However, his potential at his age is too attractive to let go and Juventus, who are ahead in the race may well be ready to snatch him up this summer.
This will come as a huge blow for Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, two coached who were looking to invest in his youth.
Do you think Gabriel Barbosa should have moved to the Premier League this summer?