As per a report from Liam Twomey of ESPN, Chelsea are keen on the signature of Athletico Paranaense star Bruno Guimaraes.

Brazilian prodigy

Guimaraes, a 21-year-old deep-lying midfielder, is regarded as one of the finest young talents in his home country of Brazil.

After coming up through the youth ranks of Sao Paulo-based Audax during the early years of his fledgling career, Guimaraes secured a permanent move to Athletico Paranaense last year, on the back of a season on loan at the Estádio Joaquim Américo.

And the South American has since gone on to establish himself as a key member of Tiago Nunes’ squad.

To this point, he has racked up 32 senior appearances across all competitions, catching the eye of a number of European giants in the process.

Bruno Guimaraes

Bruno Guimaraes after the first-leg of the final of Copa Sudamericana 2018 between Junior and Atlético Paranaense. (Photo by Gabriel Aponte/Getty Images)

All of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Lille and Chelsea have been named as admirers of Guimaraes’ talents.

Chelsea bid?

And, as per the aforementioned report from Liam Twomey this afternoon, the latter of these sides are keen on a summer swoop for the Paranaense standout.

Representatives from the Blues are said to have watched Guimaraes in action during his side’s impressive 3-0 Copa Libertadores defeat of Boca Juniors on Wednesday.

Any Chelsea bid, however, will of course be dependent on the outcome of their appeal against the club’s FIFA transfer ban.

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