South American football expert Tim Vickery has questioned why Chelsea want to sign Nathan from Atletico Paranaense.
The 19-year-old Brazilian is on the verge of completing a £4.5 million transfer to Stamford Bridge, having never completed 90 minutes for his team, per Adam Jones of talkSPORT. Vickery doesn't understand why the attacking midfielder is needed at a club that is currently well stocked at the position. His comments were reported by Jones:
It’s difficult to see why [Chelsea] quite want to spend so much money on him. He’s a playmaker who can thread a little pass and did well at under 17 level but poorly at under 20 level. It’s difficult to see what he has done in the last season to justify it.
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Ominously, Vickery suggested Nathan's career in west London may follow that of many Chelsea youngsters who are loaned out to their sister club: "I think you could see him as a potential first teamer for Vitesse Arnhem in Holland."
Jose Mourinho is sure to be planning further signings in an attempt to take Chelsea deeper into next season's Champions League. The club often offset major purchases by selling players at the top of their valuation, highlighted by the cool £50 million the club received for David Luiz. Simon Jones of the MailOnline believes Oscar could be next in line to depart, linking the player with a move to either Juventus or Liverpool.
Brazil coach Dunga wouldn't be averse to seeing the versatile midfielder line up in Turin. He believes Oscar is struggling at Chelsea, perhaps because he cannot hold down a first-team place. Dunga also recently revealed he recommended Oscar to Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri, per Jones:
Brazilians like to have fun with their football, which hasn’t happened to Oscar very much recently, but I met Jose Mourinho and he spoke highly of all his Brazilian players. I tell Allegri that Oscar is strong and also a good lad.
A forward line with him, Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata would drive any coach crazy. It wouldn’t be a step backwards for Oscar to go to Juventus. He’d be decisive in Serie A and whether he plays for Juventus or Chelsea it’ll always be a great club.
Oscar remains an excellent all-round attacking-midfield player, perhaps surprisingly so. He is classy on the ball, energetic and able to weave together Chelsea's moves in the final third. His defensive work has improved under Mourinho, making him a natural fit for Allegri's side.
Although Chelsea fans will most likely want him to stay, selling Oscar could free up vital funds.
Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb (h/t Tom Olver of Metro) suggests the Blues will launch a £10 million raid on Tottenham Hotspur for left-back Danny Rose. This seems improbable—Filipe Luis is still finding his feet after moving in the summer—as Rose doesn't offer an upgrade over players already at the club.
Charlie Parrish of The Telegraph provided information of another threat to this deal:
It appears Chelsea fans can look forward to a busy summer, even if the Premier League title is captured.
Mourinho will continue to tinker until his side are genuine Champions League contenders, a process which is likely to produce plenty of chopping and changing over the coming months.