Chelsea confident of landing Gabigol
Chelsea are confident of signing Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa from Santos, despite interest from Juventus, according to reports.
The Mirror is reporting that the Blues are confident of securing a deal to bring 19-year-old Santos hot shot Gabriel Barbosa to Stamford Bridge, despite Italian champions Juvenus having registered a firm interest in the young striker.
Barbosa, nicknamed Gabigol, is one of the hottest properties in South America thanks to his goal scoring exploits in Brazil, and despite still being in his teens, the Santos man is already a full international.
Juventus are thought to be leading the chase for Barbosa, but new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is confident of landing his man, after the young striker recently hinted that he would be open to a move to Stamford Bridge.
And the Blues have placed a £25 million bid for the speedy goal poacher, which they feel will be enough to convince Santos to part ways with their star man.
Chelsea have already added to their attacking options this summer with the capture of Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille for around £34 million.
The club's pursuit of Barbosa could spell the end of Diego Costa's two year stay in London. The Brazilian born Spain international was largely disappointing last season, and rumours persist that the Costa wants to return to Spain this summer, perhaps even to old club Atlético Madrid.