Chelsea's recruitment process still looks to be taking shape, and it's emerged - due to a report published by Gianluca Di Marzio - that the Blues have supposedly taken the lead in the race to land Fluminese's prodigal winger Richarlison.
Richarlison, 20, has been a target of Serie A clubs including Inter Milan, AC Milan and Sampdoria, but was allegedly expected to join Eredivisie giants Ajax in a move worth £12m after initially agreeing to a five-year contract at the Amsterdam Arena, according to Daily Mail
The Brazilian, in the midst of Ajax's interest, has indeed made contact with Italian outfits Inter and Sampdoria, who are also closely tailing his services.
Although now it appears that the Premier League champions are in-fact in the driver's seat for his sought-after signature, with the prospect of linking-up at Stamford Bridge proving to be all too tempting for the young winger.
The attacker is highly adaptable and is able to deputise on either wing as well as at the spearhead of the attack in the number nine role.
Milan and Manchester United were also touted as viable destinations for the Brazil U20 international, however Richarlison's agent
"Yes, there is interest from a few clubs in your country." Velasco said to FCInterNews.it last week.
"Inter and Sampdoria, yes, but not the Rossoneri, at least not right now.
"The truth is that he is ready to play for any club, big or small and there is a lot of speculation around him.
"He is talking about Italy, but also England and Holland."