Chelsea have “asked for information” about Fluminense winger Matheus Reis, according to Calciomercato.it.
The Italian website reports that the teenager is the latest player from Brazil that the Blues are weighing up an offer for ahead of the January transfer window.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have also been linked with Corinthians’ Gabriel Moscardo in recent weeks, having also signed the likes of Angel Gabriel and Deivid Washington from Santos in the summer.
Reis would be the youngest addition yet, at 16 years of age, although he would only be able to move from South America when he turns 18.
There is also the forward’s price tag to consider. Calciomercato report that Reis’s release clause currently stands at €50m (£44m) and it remains to be seen whether Fluminense would sell for a figure below that amount.
Chelsea will have competition for Reis
It is believed that there are at least three other Premier League clubs pursuing the Brazilian Under 17 international, including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
Reis is also said to be attracting interest from Spain. At this stage, it is not known which specific La Liga teams are keeping tabs on the player but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid and Barcelona are not scouting him as well.
What do fans need to know about the Brazilian?
Reis came through Fluminense’s academy but he has yet to make his senior debut, even though he has been an unused substitute, having made the matchday squad for the games against Cuiaba and Bahia in recent months.
At international level, the winger did feature prominently for Brazil at the Under 17 South American Championships earlier this year, scoring once against Uruguay in a 3-0 win, having made 7 appearances in total.