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Brazilian Striker Hints At Chelsea Move Despite Spurs Interest
Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Leandro Damiao want’s to link up with Oscar at Chelsea.
Brazilian hitman Leandro Damiao has hinted he would like to move to Chelsea in order to link-up with former team-mate Oscar, according to Sky Sports News.
The Internacional striker has become one of South America’s hottest properties after hitting 38 goals in 51 games for the Brazilian outfit in the 2011 season. He has continued that fine form this year and has already scored 24 goals in 40 appearances so far.
This impressive form has lead to intense speculation over his future with Chelsea and Tottenham among several European clubs linked with a move (Source: Metro). Despite the transfer rumours, the 23-year-old insists he’s happy at Inter but admitted a move to the Premier League is a ‘great attraction’.
“I have a contract until 2015 with Internacional and for the moment, despite all the rumours, I am staying where I am and that is in Porte Alegre with Internacional,”
“The Premier League holds great attraction, of course. I was in England for quite some time during the Olympics and it is a great country with good people.
“But for the moment I am staying put.”
Damiao is quoted as saying by Sky Sports
Damiao went on claim he would love to link-up with former team-mate Oscar, who left Internacional in the summer to move to Stamford Bridge. He continued:
“Oscar is a fantastic player,”
“I had an excellent relationship with him on the field at Internacional and it is true that I would like to be reunited with Oscar. We still play together when fielded for Brazil.”
Chelsea are on the look-out for another striker to support the out-of-form Fernando Torres, as question marks continue to be asked over the future of Daniel Sturridge. Reports on Friday claim Roman Abramovich was ready to splash £128m on Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and James Rodriguez, but Damiao is also believed to be on the wish-list is moves for any of the trio fail.
However, they may face competition from London rivals Tottenham who have also been tracking the Brazilian for some time and were linked with a move in the summer.
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