Chelsea about to trigger release clause of player heavily linked to Barcelona

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A report from Sport has claimed that Chelsea are ‘very close’ to signing Estevao William from Palmeiras. People more commonly know the player as Messinho. In the recent weeks, there have been heavy links suggesting his move to FC Barcelona.

In a story which denied the rumors about Barcelona interest in the 16-year-old, it was claimed that it’s the Blues who are ready to trigger the youngster’s €60 million release clause.

Chelsea won’t face any competition

The first piece from Sport was more focused on the Catalan side being out of the race. But now, they feature a new article which goes straight to saying that the Blues are about to complete the transfer. Moreover, according to the Catalan outlet, Chelsea have sent an official to Sao Paulo to pay Estevao William’s release clause.

It is claimed that with Paris Saint Germain slipping out of the race for the player, Chelsea most certainly have an open path to get the signing done. The operation would cost around €75 million including commissions.

Chelsea serious about signing Estevao

Sport claims that Chelsea’s interest in Estevao is ‘very serious’. Chelsea director Laurence Stewart reportedly held a meeting with Palmeiras president Leila Pereira about the transfer. The meeting took place to discuss the price for the move. The Brazilian side denied a sale for less than the release clause, since they have no hurry to let the youngster go.

The Blues’ officials returned to London knowing that €60 million would be needed for the operation. That’s apparently the offer they’re now presenting in Sao Paulo.

That certainly feels like a huge offer from Chelsea for such a young player. It remains to be seen whether the claims are correct and Chelsea do spend big to sign a 16-year-old Estevao.

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