Chelsea have entered negotiations to sign Gerson, reports claim. The Blues have already completed the capture of Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech and agreed a deal with RB Leipzig for Timo Werner – but more additions could be on the horizon.
The Brazilian midfielder has enjoyed another excellent campaign and played a pivotal role in leading Flamengo to their first Copa Libertadores title since 1981.
The 23-year-old also helped the club win the Serie A title, Supercopa do Brasil, Recopa Sudamericana and played 102 minutes of the FIFA Club World Cup final extra-time defeat to Liverpool in December 2019.
And Chelsea are eager to bolster their midfield ranks with his arrival at Stamford Bridge in the upcoming transfer window.
Globo Esporte reporter Eric Faria claims negotiations are well underway with representatives from Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund holding discussions with agent Giuliano Bertolucci.
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Bertolucci’s involvement could give Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granovskaia the upper-hand.
Bertolucci has done plenty of business with the Blues over the years and helped with deals for Oscar, David Luiz, Lucas Piazon and Alex, who cost a combined £94million.
Journalist Faria claims to have spoken with Gerson’s father, who confirmed that negotiations for his son’s signature have indeed taken place.
And that Flamengo will receive the proposals between June 18 – June 20 and will find it difficult to refuse such a large sum give the current climate.
Flamengo will therefore sell Gerson for around £31million – roughly £20m more than they paid to re-sign him from Serie A heavyweights Roma in July.
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Gerson could understandably weary of European interest having endured a difficult spell with Roma and Fiorentina.
And his father hasn’t been shy in discussing the ordeal.
“Roma wanted me to sign with an agent. They screwed us there. They screwed us so much that we couldn’t rent a house; we had to stay in a hotel for three months,” Santos told Yahoo in May.
“All the houses we tried to rent, I had to talk to this businessman, whose name I don’t even want to stay. We only solved this when Gerson talked to Totti. We moved to Totti’s apartment.
“It just didn’t work. I remember that Gerson scored two goals against Fiorentina and never played again.
“There was a time when he was put on the wing, without ever having trained there, to mark Higuain. But, anyway… thank God we managed to get out.”
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