Nathan the latest talent for the Chelsea Pipeline

Nathan the latest talent for the Chelsea Pipeline

Chelsea is set to complete the transfer of the young Brazilian striker Nathan from Atlético Paranaense. The striker who according Transfermarkt is valued €1 million will be making the switch to Chelsea for a reported sum of €7 million including bonuses. As papers in England have reported Chelsea was able to complete the transfer as Atlético Paranaense was in a contract dispute with Nathan. Atlético Paranaense had a contract option in place that would allow them to automatically extend the player’s contract by two years, but as Globo Esporte reported, Nathan’s family wanted to break the contract and pay the €2.8 million termination fee. As Nathan’s father Jose Carlos de Souza stated to Globo: “there were 7, 8 clubs that were willing to purchase Nathan but they [Atlético Paranaense] were not willing to negotiate with any of them. There was nothing left for us to do but to break the contract.” This suggests that Chelsea has been in negotiation with the player all along, and that Chelsea were the real financial source behind Nathan’s parent’s attempts to break the contract with Atlético Paranaense, with the ultimate goal to force Atlético Paranaense to the negotiation table. Now even with the transfer close to completion it remains doubtful if and when Nathan will play for Chelsea, as the youngster will have to first apply for a British work permit to play in the Premier League, which is usually only granted to non-EU players who have previously played for their respective national teams on the senior level. Because of this it is likely that Nathan will be added to the long list of players that are loaned out by Chelsea. Chelsea currently has 24 players out on loan at various clubs all over Europe. This system allows Chelsea to develop players for their own squad, but is also a way to generate profit as many players that don’t make the cut to play for Chelsea’s first team are later sold, as the examples of Kevin de Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku highlight. It is therefore likely that Chelsea will loan Nathan out to a club located in one of Europe’s smaller leagues. The Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem is a likely destination for Nathan as the Dutch club has strong links with Chelsea. Another destination could be Sporting Lisbon as the Portuguese club has been said to have strong connections with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. As the Guardian reported in January 2014 Abramovich’s subsidiary companies held the rights to several players at the club. In the past Chelsea used an arrangement whereas the club would sell the rights of players to Sporting, and then retain a percentage of the players rights through investment funds based in tax havens. New rules on Third Party Ownership make such a move unlikely, furthermore Chelsea also has never has sold a player directly to the Portuguese giant, but rather has used a back door policy regarding such moves. Chelsea’s purchase of Nathan therefore has to be understood as an investment for the future, which will mean that the Brazilian wunderkind will most likely go on a European tour before he will start for the blues at Chelsea’s London home at the Stanford Bridge. By Manuel Veth -

Chelsea is set to complete the transfer of the young Brazilian striker Nathan from Atlético Paranaense. The striker who according Transfermarkt is valued €1 million will be making the switch to Chelsea for a reported sum of €7 million including bonuses.

As papers in England have reported Chelsea was able to complete the transfer as Atlético Paranaense was in a contract dispute with Nathan. Atlético Paranaense had a contract option in place that would allow them to automatically extend the player’s contract by two years, but as Globo Esporte reported, Nathan’s family wanted to break the contract and pay the €2.8 million termination fee. As Nathan’s father Jose Carlos de Souza stated to Globo: “there were 7, 8 clubs that were willing to purchase Nathan but they [Atlético Paranaense] were not willing to negotiate with any of them. There was nothing left for us to do but to break the contract.”

This suggests that Chelsea has been in negotiation with the player all along, and that Chelsea were the real financial source behind Nathan’s parent’s attempts to break the contract with Atlético Paranaense, with the ultimate goal to force Atlético Paranaense to the negotiation table.

Now even with the transfer close to completion it remains doubtful if and when Nathan will play for Chelsea, as the youngster will have to first apply for a British work permit to play in the Premier League, which is usually only granted to non-EU players who have previously played for their respective national teams on the senior level. Because of this it is likely that Nathan will be added to the long list of players that are loaned out by Chelsea.

Chelsea currently has 24 players out on loan at various clubs all over Europe. This system allows Chelsea to develop players for their own squad, but is also a way to generate profit as many players that don’t make the cut to play for Chelsea’s first team are later sold, as the examples of Kevin de Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku highlight.

It is therefore likely that Chelsea will loan Nathan out to a club located in one of Europe’s smaller leagues. The Dutch Eredivisie club Vitesse Arnhem is a likely destination for Nathan as the Dutch club has strong links with Chelsea.

Another destination could be Sporting Lisbon as the Portuguese club has been said to have strong connections with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. As the Guardian reported in January 2014 Abramovich’s subsidiary companies held the rights to several players at the club. In the past Chelsea used an arrangement whereas the club would sell the rights of players to Sporting, and then retain a percentage of the players rights through investment funds based in tax havens.

New rules on Third Party Ownership make such a move unlikely, furthermore Chelsea also has never has sold a player directly to the Portuguese giant, but rather has used a back door policy regarding such moves. Chelsea’s purchase of Nathan therefore has to be understood as an investment for the future, which will mean that the Brazilian wunderkind will most likely go on a European tour before he will start for the blues at Chelsea’s London home at the Stanford Bridge.

By Manuel Veth

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