Chelsea are ready to compete for the signature of Gremio whizkid Arthur Melo.

The Blues have an extensive scouting network in South America, with David Luiz, Willian, Kennedy, Ramires and Oscar among their Brazilian signings in recent years.

El Mundo Deportivo says Stamford Bridge chiefs are trying to fend off competition from across Europe to land Arthur.

The midfielder, 21, has established himself as a first-team regular this season and appears to be heading out of Brazil to continue his development.

He could be signed as a like-for-like replacement if claims Willian has fallen out with Antonio Conte prove to be true.


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