CHELSEA have stolen a march on Liverpool in the race to sign £35million-rated Porto midfielder Ruben Neves, according to reports.
The Portuguese ace, 19, has enjoyed a fine start to the season and attracted the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs.
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The Blues are willing to offer about £24m plus add-ons to land their man.
And they want to open negotiations quickly and agree a deal as soon as January, according to Portuguese news outlet Visao de Mercado.
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Arsene Wenger is an admirer of the midfielder and sees the young talent as one for the future.
Ruben Neves, who are ya?
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Transfer value: £35million
Juve, meanwhile, are looking to bolster a midfield which has been raided in recent years.