Fans Happy: Chelsea turned down deal for £25m Brazilian wonderkid

Chelsea reportedly turned down the opportunity to seal the transfer of Brazil wonderkid Gabriel Barbosa last summer due to rating their own promising youngster Tammy Abraham so highly.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a superb season out on loan at Bristol City this term, scoring 26 goals in 48 games, which may have put himself in contention for a first-team place at Stamford Bridge in the near future.

Abraham is now reportedly set to earn a new contract at Chelsea, ahead of another likely move away on loan to prepare him for Antonio Conte’s first-team.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea have had Abraham in their plans for some time, so much so that they passed up an exciting opportunity to sign one of the world’s most highly rated young forwards a year ago.

Barbosa, who goes by the nickname Gabigol, instead made the move to Inter Milan, where he has struggled, but he had been linked with a host of top European sides after impressing in his native Brazil.

This signals a major change in direction by Chelsea, who have previously favoured big-name signings over promoting their own academy players, but Abraham has clearly impressed enough to convince the club he has a future in their senior side as well.

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