Chelsea focusing on a striker as PSG close in on Gabriel Moscardo

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PSG have overtaken Chelsea in the race to sign Gabriel Moscardo, and now look like favourites to sign the youngster. The 18-year-old, regarded the best young player in his position, was approached by Chelsea in the summer.

But Chelsea now miss out on the Corinthians midfielder after PSG made their move. Luis Campos is due in Brazil this weekend in an attempt to negotiate a potential £21 million deal. Moscardo has also been linked to Arsenal and FC Barcelona.

Chelsea to switch their focus

PSG’s approach comes amid late fear from Gabriel Moscardo about Chelsea’s current midfield options.

Chelsea have a plethora of talent in midfield. Enzo, Caicedo, Gallagher, Lavia, Ugochukwu, Chukwuemeka and Andrey Santos are all midfielders and that too aged 23 or younger. The Blues can’t even offer a loan pathway to Moscardo this season. They have already used up all of their seven international loan spots, including three for Kepa, Lukaku and Ziyech.

PSG are expected to advance in negotiations with Moscardo over the weekend, while Chelsea will switch focus to a potential striker signing in January. Mauricio Pochettino continues to assess whether he has enough firepower in Nkunku, Jackson and Broja, or whether another forward option would be needed.

What Gabriel Moscardo had to say about the approach from Chelsea

Moscardo was asked about Chelsea’s approach earlier this month.

He said: “There was a proposal from Chelsea months ago, but I talk a lot with my agent and my parents and they try to give me as little information as possible. They say there is not long until the end of the season; they tell me to dedicate myself and do well and that there will be good things at the end of the season.”

The player however is keen to finish the season in Brazil before moving in January.

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