It has been reported by Portuguese media outlet A Bola that Premier League duo Chelsea and Arsenal are desperate to sign FC Porto top-class winger Yacine Brahimi, who has been linked with a departure from Portuguese club.
Latest developments indicate Chelsea are moving faster to secure the deal while Arsenal yet places an official bid.
The 26-year-old attacker was a key player for Algeria national team that hugely impressed during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, scoring in the Group Stages against South Korea.
After his outstanding performances in Brazil, FC Porto have signed Brahimi from Granada, who has gone on to bag 21 goals in 84 matches for the Primeira Liga giants.
And now, according to the same sources, several European top clubs, including Chelsa, Arsenal, and AC Milan have all expressed an interest in signing Algerian explosive star before the closing of summer transfer window.
It is believed that FC Porto are demanding at least £26m for Brahimi’s signature, partly because they don’t own his full playing rights, but the aforementioned trio are only willing to pay half that sum.
Despite already signing N’golo Kante from the Premier League reigning champions Leicester City and Michy Batshuayi from League 1 side Marseille, it is understood that Antonio Conte is still planning to improve his squad and Brahimi is believed to be one of transfer priorities for the Italian head coach.
Brahimi’s dribbling skills are so refined he is often simply unplayable. Although a potent weapon when out wide and attacking the by-line, he is arguably even more effective when drifting inside, his tight control, intelligent combination play and clinical finishing making him a nightmare for opposition defenses.
Fruit of his confidence in his own abilities, he tends to be overly individualistic and a questionable attitude has reared its ugly head this season, with a tendency to pick and choose the matches he turns up to.