Chelsea could face missing out on one of South America's most promising talents after reports in Brazil claimed that Newcastle United had made an approach for Corinthians midfielder Gabriel Moscardo.
Reports earlier this month had suggested that Todd Boehly was 'one step away' from signing the midfielder after a bid of £18million was made. However, the Brazilian outfit turned down the bid in hope of receiving closer to £26million.
Spanish newspaper Sport followed that report by suggesting that Chelsea were pushing to make Moscardo their first signing of 2024. The report claims it was only a 'matter of hours or days' before a full agreement was reached, but that hasn't been the case.
According to IG Esporte in Brazil, Newcastle have made their first move to bring Moscardo to England having identified him as their next young signing. Eddie Howe's side have already signed Garang Kuol, Yankuba Minteh and Chelsea ace Lewis Hall as part of their project for the future.
The report claims that Corinthians' £25.6million price tag 'initially scared' Boehly, resulting in the club cooling their interest. Manchester United and Barcelona have also joined the battle for the teenager, with ex-Chelsea midfielder and Barca sporting director Deco viewing Moscardo as a 'jewel'.
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Nottingham Forest and Everton are also tracking Moscardo's situation, meaning the Brazil Under-23s international isn't short of options.
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