Chelsea must move fast to secure £20m Brazilian youngster Malcom Silva

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When a player of 17-years-old is attracting interest from Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, it is probably accurate to label them a ‘hot prospect’.

And with the aforementioned clubs in the race to his signature, Malcom Silva could be the most sought after property in world football in the coming years, should he continue his dazzling displays.

The Corinthians forward made 20 appearances for the Sao Paolo club last season, getting on the scoresheet twice, but he also left defences dumbfounded with his eye-watering pace and trickery.

A youngster impressing in the Brazil’s top league could lead to calls of him being the next Robinho or Carlos Tevez, but it is a player even more renowned that he is being likened to.

Barcelona were the expected favourites to bag the potential superstar, in order to bolster the endless talents their squad possesses; the ‘new Neymar’ competing with the ‘old Neymar’ perhaps?

But with Barca now under a transfer embargo for 2015, Chelsea are the club that are posied to strike for the £20m rated trickster.

Jose Mourinho will want to move fast to snatch the prize from under their rival’s noses, and could look to strike as early as January.

And with no fewer than four Brazilian’s at the west London club, the likes of Oscar and Willian could be the ones called upon to convince their compatriot that a move to Stamford Bridge is the one for him.

Take a look at the Corinthian’s number 21’s highlight reel here…

The Blues take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane as they continue their assault on the Premier League.

The three-time winners are 4/11 to add another title to their trophy cabinet in 2015, and a win across the capital would certainly go some way towards that.

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