The January transfer window may have passed, but that doesn't mean Chelsea is resting on its laurels. Now, the club is apparently interested in bringing youngster Cristian Cuevas to Stamford Bridge in June.
Chelsea are in 'advanced negotiations' over a deal to bring in highly-rated midfielder Cristian Cuevas, according to the Chilean's agent.
Cuevas' club, O'Higgins, confirmed earlier this week that talks had been held over a possible move for the 17-year-old, and La Tercera has reported that is set to head to Stamford Bridge in June.
The Chile Under-20 international's agent, Mauricio Valenzuela, certainly believes that an agreement is close to being reached.
"The negotiations are very advanced with Chelsea," Valenzuela told Al Aire Libre en Cooperativa.
According to Alfredo R. Morgan of Goal.com, Udinese was also in pursuit of the Chilean youngster.
Though his game will obviously need time to develop, Cuevas is crafty on the ball and shows solid vision and the ability to facilitate for his teammates. For now, he looks best suited on the wing, where he can take on attackers and cut inside or work down the sideline and whip in crosses for his teammates.
One would imagine he would immediately be sent out on loan by Chelsea, likely for at least a season or two. At just 17 years old, his game is still forming and the adjustment to the Premier League—arguably the world's most competitive league—will take some time.
Chelsea now has a stable of young talent both on the squad and in the reserves. Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Oscar lead the youth movement on the first team, and the transition from the veteran team that won last year's Champions League title to a younger, fresher squad is quite apparent.
It may be a few years before Cuevas contributes to the youth movement at Stamford Bridge, but he's another talented youngster the Chelsea faithful will be waiting eagerly to see in action.
If this deal indeed goes down in June, it's a nice pull for the Blues.