According to Spanish news publication Mundo Deportivo, Palmeiras have asked Chelsea to pay €20m for central midfielder Gabriel Menino. Menino came through the ranks of the Palmeiras youth academy before gaining promotion into the first team in 2019.
The 20-year-old Brazilian has become a key player for Abel Ferreira’s men since. He featured in 12 games in his debut campaign. Menino has played all but one of Palmeiras’s four Serie A games this season.
Menino’s impressive outings this season have attracted interest from clubs across Europe, most notably Chelsea and Atletico Madrid.
Predominantly a right-footed midfielder, the 20-year-old has proven to be extremely versatile. He can play in several positions across the pitch, including as a right-back and on the left side of midfield.
Chelsea have been monitoring the Brazilian's progress for some time now. They want to add a quality player who can offer competition at several positions.
Reports from Spain now claim Palmeiras will only listen to offers of €20m or above from both Chelsea and Atletico Madrid for Gabriel Menino.
Although the midfielder has a €60 million release clause, the Brazilian outfit are ready to release him for a lower fee due to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on world football.
Chelsea to battle Atletico Madrid for Gabriel Menino
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are all set to go head to head to secure the services of Palmeiras midfielder Gabriel Menino.
Diego Simeone is reportedly interested in the 20-year-old as his work rate and versatility fit the bill for the Spanish outfit.
However, with reports claiming Atletico Madrid are also planning a move for Fabian Ruiz, Chelsea now seem to be the frontrunners for the signature of Menino.
Newly appointed coach Thomas Tuchel is reportedly looking to add healthy competition to his midfield trio of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic. Considering Menino’s excellent display for Palmeiras, he could provide Tuchel with much-needed competition.
The 20-year-old might lack the experience of playing at the highest level, but a fee of €20m looks like a bargain considering his quality. If signed, Menino could be sent out on loan immediately to garner experience.