Chelsea set to beat Manchester United to Brazilian wonderkid’s signature

Sunil A Markal / 19 February 2015

Chelsea could have stolen a march on Premier League rivals in their bid to land highly rated Fluminense youngster Kenedy. The Red Devils were thought to be keen on landing the teenage sensation, but the Brazilian is a fan of their Premier League counterparts.

The Rio de Janeiro sides’ youth trainer spoke to local media about United’s interest in the prodigy along with Inter Milan.

But the youngster’s claims of affection for the Blues means United could be dealt a blow in their pursuit of the 19-year-old, dubbed ‘the next Neymar’

Kenedy himself prefers a move to London, with the lure of joining the Brazilian contingent of Oscar, Willian and Ramires supposed to have attracted him. The Blues also added Brazil born Diego Costa and another Seleção star in Felipe Luis in the summer, and Kenedy could become the 6th addition to the ever increasing contingent.

“Of course I am happy to play for Fluminense but it is my ambition to one day play in Europe. I like Chelsea because of players like Oscar and Ramires. I like the whole team,” the forward said.

The Red Devil’s meanwhile, will hope that their previous relationship with the Brazilian outfit will help land their man, having signed Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva in 2007 from the Flu.

Both the sides reportedly had scouts watching the youngster star in the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship, where the young Seleção finished 4th.

Kenedy, who turned 19 earlier in the month, is valued at around £5 Million by his club.

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