CHELSEA will turn their attention to Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga after missing top target Manuel Ugarte.
21-year-old Veiga has enjoyed a landmark season for Celta and has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents.
According to The Guardian, The midfielder’s contract includes a £34.4m release clause.
The attacking midfielder has made 36 LaLiga appearances this season, scoring 11 goals and providing six assists.
Veiga’s runs from midfield and skillful finishing have led fans to dub him the “Baby Kaka.”
The move comes as new manager Mauricio Pochettino seeks to reshape his bloated Chelsea squad.
Chelsea’s interest in Veiga comes after the club failed in an ambitious move for Sporting CP midfielder Manuel Ugarte.
The Blues pulled out of the race after PSG offered the player a superior financial package.
The west London club denied a report L’Equipe that they are willing to buy a stake in Sporting to secure the deal.
Veiga’s potential signing comes amid reports that a number of Chelsea players will be signed this summer.
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Kai Havertz is reportedly close to a move to Real Madrid after the club identified him as a top target to succeed Karim Benzema.
Benzema joined Saudi club Al-Ittihad and is reported to earn £342million over the course of his contract.
N’Golo Kante is on the verge of following the Ballon D’Or winner to the club as Al-Ittihad are set to offer the midfielder a £86m annual deal according to Fabrizio Romano.
Matteo Kovacic could be the next name to leave Chelsea after Manchester City opened talks with the midfielder ahead of a summer transfer.
And youngster Mason Mount is likely to join Manchester United this summer after reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Red Devils last week.