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Chelsea To Launch £15m Midfielder Bid In January After Failed Summer Move

Chelsea will renew their interest in Thiago Maia in January and test Santos’s resolve with a £15m bid after failing to land the midfielder this summer

The summer transfer window is now closed for another year but it’s not time to look back on those deals that didn’t go through and those that are being lined-up for the future. Today, Chelsea will renew their interest in Thiago Maia in January…

Chelsea will renew their interest in Brazilian international Thiago Maia in January and test Santos’s resolve with a £15m bid after failing to land the midfielder this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Antonio Conte splashed out big money to sign French international star N’Golo Kante from Leicester City back in July but the Blues boss was still understood to be keen on further strengthening his defensive midfield department.

Maia was strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge over the summer with the Daily Mail claiming that Chelsea chiefs held talks over a potential move for the player after Conte identified him as a possible new recruit.

Santos were reluctant to do business in the middle of the Brazilian season so the newspaper reports that Chelsea will make a renewed attempt to sign the 19-year-old when the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A ends in December.

The Daily Mail suggest that the west Londoners will table a £15m bid for Maia’s services with a view to taking him to Stamford Bridge in January, but we’ll have to wait and see if that offer will be enough to tempt Santos in to a sale.

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Maia has emerged as one of the hottest young properties in South America since breaking in to the Santos first team two years ago and impressed in midfield to help Brazil win gold at the Rio Olympics this summer.

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His contract runs until 2019 so Santos are under no immediate pressure to sell this winter but he’d be an exciting addition to the Chelsea squad if they were able to get a deal agreed for the Brazilian youngster.

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