Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is reportedly set to rival Manchester United for the signing of teenage Palmeiras forward Thalys, who has already been dubbed the ‘next Endrick’. The Blues have been the Premier League’s busiest club in terms of recruitment over the last few years, with many of their new arrivals boasting huge potential for the future.
Chelsea are set to maintain their strategy of snapping up the best young talent by targeting a summer move for Thalys, according to Calciomercato. The forward is described as the ‘new Endrick’ in a nod to his Palmeiras team-mate, who is set to join Real Madrid later this year and is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects in world football.
Thalys is yet to make his first-team debut for Palmeiras but scored four goals in nine appearances at Brazil’s most important youth tournament, the Copa Sao Paulo, last month. Chelsea are not the only club with an interest in his signature, with the likes of United, Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester City also thought to be keeping tabs on his development.
The 18-year-old remains tied down to Palmeiras until the summer of 2026, meaning they are under no immediate pressure to sell if their demands are not met. He is valued at around £34m by his current employers, with any successful move unlikely to come on the cheap.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea will decide to firm up their interest in Thalys when the bidding opens at the end of the season. They might be tempted to try and negotiate a lower transfer fee, having spent over £1billion in the transfer market since Todd Boehly’s arrival nearly three years ago.
Chelsea were recently warned they could fall foul of the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules if they continue to spend heavily without raising money through player sales. Stefan Borson, who previously worked as an advisor at Manchester City, believes Chelsea will almost certainly fail FFP at the end of the season unless they can raise £100m before the summer.
“In my mind, there is certainly trouble on the horizon and they will certainly fail FFP for the current season unless, and it seems unlikely, that by June 30th they sell well over £100m worth of players,” Borson told talkSPORT earlier this month.
“The window that they can now do that is very small because straight after the season we have the Euros. Someone like Conor Gallagher is going to be at the Euros from June 14th so if they want to ship him before the 30th, they have got to move very quickly and the likely buyers are going to know that Chelsea need to sell players.
“This breach that Chelsea could be lined up for is much bigger than Everton’s and, most importantly, they will consider it deliberate. They can’t hide behind a new stadium and inadvertently breaching FFP.”
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