Chelsea Football Club of England has added another Brazilian wonder-kid, Nathan Allan de Souza to its swelling ranks of Samba boys at the Stamford Bridge, barely four days after Manchester United announced the acquisition of Dutch winger, Memphis Depay on a £25m deal from PSV Eindhoven.
Although, Chelsea is yet to release official statement of confirmation of the deal, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder has confirmed in his Instagram account that a £4.5million deal has brought him to the 2015 Barclays Premier League champions from Atletico Paranaense. “Thank you Chelsea for trusting in me, I will do my best to support my team on reaching new achievements. WE ARE ALL BLUE,” Nathan broke the news in an Instagram photos captioned “A dream is coming true!”
“First of all I want to thank God for always lighting my way, my dad who always believed in my talent and was a real warrior while helping me to reach my goals, my family and friends who always supported me… And I am also thankful to Club Atletico Paranaense, which was part of this journey and where I played for 6 years of my career,” he added.
The highly rated Brazilian young star has been in London for contract negotiations since April and had already passed a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground; and is set to become Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing.
Who is Nathan?
Nathan is widely seen as the next big star of South American football, who could rise to the level of Naymar and Lionel Messi. His meteoric rise has not escaped attention of other big European clubs as he was equally courted by Manchester City who had hoped to tie up a deal after first spotting him at the World Under 17 Championships two years ago. He has since broken into the Atletico Paranaense team, playing 13 games without scoring a goal; but a contract squabble with the Brazilian club enabled Chelsea to swoop and finally lure him to the Stamford Bridge. The attacking midfielder can also play as a secondary striker, which means he could feature in Jose Mourinho’s first team next season.
Nathan joins the already strong Brazilian contingent at Chelsea, moving alongside Willian, Ramires, Filipe Luis and Oscar as well as Diego Costa, although now playing for Spain.
By Olisemeka Obeche