Chelsea target £17m-rated Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino but set for transfer scrap with Atletico Madrid

CHELSEA reportedly face a battle with Atletico Madrid to sign Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino.

Brazilian outlet UOL reports the 20-year-old is being chased by Atleti but the Blues could have an edge as the Spanish side need to sell a player before they can buy.

Chelsea are battling Atletico Madrid for Palmeiras ace Gabriel Menino[/caption]

The report states Diego Simeone‘s team need to ‘balance their accounts’ in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Menino is said to have been valued at between £13-£18million by the LaLiga leaders.

The Blues face an off-field battle with their Champions League opponents ahead of tonight’s last 16 second leg.

Thomas Tuchel‘s men take a 1-0 lead back to Stamford Bridge after Olivier Giroud’s extraordinary bicycle kick bagged them a crucial away goal.

Atleti are thought to have earmarked versatile Menino as one of their top targets this summer.

He was called up to the Brazil squad to play as a right-back and would provide plenty of cover for a big club.

And the report suggests ex-Manchester United target Saul Niguez and Thomas Lemar could leave to make way for the Brazilian prospect.

In an interview with Portuguese outlet A Bola, Menino namechecked Atleti as a place where he would fit in, while also hinting at a Premier League move.

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He said: “I think my football today fits in Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Liverpool, maybe even Manchester City.

“They are all teams with very strong players, with a quick touch of the ball, they like to attack and defend in a block.”

Menino is contracted until December 2024 and has a release clause of around £51.4m.

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Source: thesun.co.uk

Chelsea target £17m-rated Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino but set for transfer scrap with Atletico Madrid