Chelsea and Manchester United are set to lock-horn for highly rated Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia, according to Daily Star.

The 19-year old star who is currently one of the hottest player in the Brazilian League was a key part of the Brazilian team that won the gold medal at this past Olympics games.

Antonio Conte is reportedly seeking reinforcement in his midfield in January, with report claiming that midfield duo of John Obi Mikel and Cesc Fabregas could be shipped out of Stamford Bridge.

The two midfielders have struggled for a starting stating Spot this season, while defensive midfielder Mikel is yet to make any single appearances for the Blues.

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Thiago Maia who is a product of Santos youth team will certainly find it easy to settle down at Chelsea with the Blues having a number of Brazilians on their books currently, including David Luiz, Willian and Oscar.

However, the Blues will have to battle other top European teams such as PSG and Juventus for the signature of the defensive midfielder, with report claiming that the former has launched a bid of £17 million offer for his service.

Chelsea having over 38 young players on-loan out of Stamford Bridge, do you think signing the young starlet will be a good move or not? We expect your reply.

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