Chelsea close in on deal for SL Benfica and Portugal starlet

Despite the Blues’ need to clear the decks of a large swath of the senior squad at Stamford Bridge, the club brass remains determined to bring more youthful names into the fold to target long-term success

A head-scratching first year under new co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali continues for struggling Premier League giants Chelsea as the club continues to move in the transfer market.

Despite the fact that the West London club remains rudderless in the technical area after parting ways with both Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter this season, and embroiled in yet another manager hunt that will no longer include Julian Nagelsmann or Luis Enrique, the Blues remain adamant at securing long-term player profiles to build a new core at Stamford Bridge.

According to reports from football insider Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea is closing in on a deal for 18-year-old SL Benfica and Portugal starlet Diego Moreira in a deal that would see the Liege-born winger arrive in the English capital in the summer on a free transfer.

Romano’s update via his immensely popular YouTube channel details a move that is said to be in its final stages per Portuguese media outlet Record, with Chelsea’s new recruitment team viewing Moreira as a player with “very interesting potential.”

A move for the former Belgian youth international falls in line with much of the recruitment remit that Chelsea has kept faith in under new management across two transfer windows this season, which has seen the English giants bring in no less than nine players 23 years old or younger, allowing the club’s hierarchy to point to many of their moves as an indication that some semblance of a long-term process is at the forefront of their project.

Drawing comparisons to Nani, Moreira, who is eligible to play for Portugal, Belgium, Germany, and Guinea-Bissau, has made just two appearances for Benfica’s senior team, but is a mainstay for Portugal’s U19 side, having been capped on twelve occasions while scoring two goals.

Even though the Blues face the possibility of FFP sanctions should they fail to recover up to £200m in the summer transfer window as they prepare to jettison as many as ten senior figures, a free move for Moreira would not hinder the club in said efforts.

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Andrew Thompson

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