Chelsea losing ground in hunt for South American striker

Chelsea have fallen behind Italian side Juventus and Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona in the hunt for 16-year-old Uruguayan attacker Gustavo Viera, according to a story on Bleacher Report.

The West Londoners have been watching the highly-demanded youngster for some time. However, Juventus and Barcelona have also shown their interest in the footballer.

Viera currently performs for Liverpool Montevideo in the Uruguayan Primera División and has been drawing attention from Europe’s biggest sides for the past few terms.

Gonzalo Mattos, the sporting director at his Uruguayan team, said:

“I think he could go [to Europe] in a short while. Of course, he can play in Premier League. Fundamentally for two reasons, one because of his great ability to play at the same level against top players or his age, his scoring ability, another because he has top-level physical levels, he has a speed and physical level that others simply do not have.”

The 16-year-old forward has been likened to Luis Suarez, due to his method of play and incredible finishing skills.

The Blues have been confident about securing his services due to the footballer openly admitting that he is a massive admirer of the club.