Gabriel Barbosa (left) and Patrick Roberts (right).
Chelsea announce deals for two youngsters
Chelsea Football Club have today announced the signings of Gabriel Barbosa from Santos and Patrick Roberts from local rivals Fulham. Barbosa, dubbed the new 'Neymar', has quickly come through the ranks at Santos, and finds himself on the edge of first-team football at 16.
Roberts, on the other hand, is a top prospect in English football, just younger than the likes of James Ward-Prowse who is among Chelsea's other stars. Roberts was signed for a reported fee of £5.5M, and will join up with Chelsea on January 1st, when the transfer window opens.
Gabriel Barbosa will join Chelsea for a fee of £2.9M, and will join the west London club in August. Barbosa plays up front, whereas Roberts can play anywhere in midfield, although mainly on the right.
Chelsea's budget will surely be much lower now, although rumours are spreading that Chelsea may bid for Argentinian pair Lucas Romero and Guido Vadala from Velez and Boca respectively.