Estoril winger Chiquinho has admitted he is very flattered with reports linking him with a move to Chelsea in the summer.
Claims in the Portuguese press last week suggested that the Blues were leading West Ham in the race to secure the 20-year-old’s signature, and asked about the potential move, Chiquinho replied:
“At this point, I just have to continue to do what I like: to play. Then it is up to my manager and the club to decide what is best for me. But it is a great pride to be linked with Chelsea.”
Estoril’s sporting director Pedro Alves was also asked about Chiquinho’s future, and he said that while he was aware of interest in the player, there were no bids currently on the table:
“There are no formal proposals yet, we were only approached by scouts and agents. But I will not hide [the fact] that the club, today, lives off the profitability of [selling] assets”
Whether Chelsea will make a formal offer closer to when the summer transfer window opens, we shall have to wait and see.
Chiquinho only broke into Estoril’s first team back in January. He moved from Sporting Lisbon in the summer but he had started the campaign playing in the Portuguese second division side’s Under 23s.
However, he was handed his senior debut in a 1-0 win over Coimbra, and made a big impact by scoring and providing an assist in a 4-1 victory against Casa Pia back in February.