Chelsea beat Manchester City to secure Fluminense teenager Rafael Pernao

04 December 2010 02:51
Boy from Brasil: Rafael Pernao a Chelsea target

Chelsea have secured first-refusal on Fluminense wonderkid Rafael Pernao, who is also being tracked by Manchester City.

The 17-year-old striker is seen as one of Brazil's most promisingteenagers and was invited to Carrington last year before City made a£3million bid, which was rejected.

Chelsea have made Pernao the first of three Fluminense youngstersthey can take first-refusal on as part of an agreement that allowedDeco to move to the Rio de Janeiro club on a free transfer in thesummer.

The youth academy is among the best in SouthAmerica and Pernao looks set to follow Manchester United defendersRafael and Fabio da Silva in leaving the Fluminense for England.

Hiscurrent strike partner Wellington Silva has already signed for Arsenaland will join up with the Gunners when he turns 18 in January.

A deal for Pernao is slightly complicated by Flu owning only 50 per cent of his economic rights, with the rest in the hands of investors.

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Source: Daily_Mail