Chelsea has announced the signing of 19-year-old Brazilian Nathan Allan de Souza from Atletico Paranaense. Commonly known as Nathan, the Blues’ first confirmed arrival of the summer will join his new teammates at Stamford Bridge on 1 July after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms earlier this week.
Adding to our contingent of Brazilian players in the Chelsea dressing room alongside Willian, Ramires, Felipe Luis and Oscar, the attacking midfielder is thrilled to have completed his move to London.
“I am very happy to be joining Chelsea, the champions of England, and I hope I will be able to learn a lot and develop my game,” he said.
It seems like a good deal on paper, but the overall circumstances of the deal worry me. We’ve heard this before from supposedly promising players who never get a chance to impress in the Chelsea first team.
Only time will conclude whether Nathan suffers the same fate, but in all likelihood, he will spend at least the 2015/16 campaign abroad in a bid to aid his development.
Ultimately, Jose Mourinho has the final say on how to best utilise his players. What does he have in store for Nathan? Does he see something in the youngster that means he may be capable of tasting senior football in the near future?
Or will he join the growing horde of players who spend years on the Chelsea books before getting a locker in the Stamford Bridge dressing rooms??Published 15 May 2015, 14:00 IST