Chelsea have already made their first signing of the summer, according to reports in Brazil.
Silly season is now firmly underway with a good 7 or 8 matches left in the Premier League before the transfer window opens this summer.
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But according to Brazilian radio presenter Paco Belmonte, Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino is a Chelsea player, and the deal has been done for The Blues to sign him this summer.
Reports came in from other local sources earlier in the week that Chelsea had made a £13 million offer to sign the highly rated 20-year old, but those stories were only reported from Brazil, no English sources picked up on this.
— AndreasCF (@cf_andreas) April 4, 2021
INFORMAÇÃO: Gabriel Menino é jogador do Chelsea.
Triste, mas é verídico. pic.twitter.com/PHQcT833VZ
— Paco Belmonte 🎙 (@PacoBelmonte_) April 4, 2021
Since this tweet reporting Chelsea had signed him last night, still no reliable sources close to Chelsea are reporting it.
In fact, one of the most reliable transfer sources around, Fabrizio Romano, denies that Chelsea have even signed Menino, and claims they are currently just scouting him as it stands.
There’s nothing done or agreed for Gabriel Menino from Palmeiras to Chelsea. The Brazilian midfielder has been scouted but there’s nothing advanced as of today.
Also Atlético have not opened any talk to sign him. Many clubs interested, good talent but nothing serious yet. 🔵 #CFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 4, 2021
We will have to keep a close eye on this one.