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Chelsea inch closer to beating Liverpool to rising South American star; personal terms agreed

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By Atharva Khadilkar

Liverpool target Pedro Lima closes in on Chelsea move

Caught Offside has reported that Chelsea are set to beat Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool to sign Brazilian youngster Pedro Lima with personal terms already agreed with the player.

The 17-year-old is imminently expected to move to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth €15 million and will be another new acquisition as part of Chelsea’s ambitious plans to sign Latin America’s brightest youngsters.

While Liverpool were keeping tabs on Pedro Lima, their interest for the right-back was very much on the periphery and they never really commenced strong negotiations for the teenager.

And though Chelsea have got their hands on a player that was wanted by several clubs, Liverpool will not be too bothered by Pedro Lima joining the west Londoners instead of them.

The Reds have different squad plans and are prioritising the purchase of a central defender first, with Portugal star Gonzalo Inacio leading their wish-list.

Liverpool want talented defender Goncalo Inacio (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
Liverpool are expected to prioritise signing a centre-back over a full-back. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Trent Alexander-Arnold is only 25 and there is a sense of inevitability over the England superstar extending his contract despite interest incoming from Real Madrid.

Conor Bradley, a homegrown talent, has proven to be a reliable back-up for Alexander-Arnold and has the potential to become of the best academy productions on Merseyside in recent years.

They are also contemplating the signing of Feyenoord youngster Lutsharel Geertruida. The 23-year-old has worked with Arne Slot in the immediate past and is capable of playing as a central defender as well as a right-back.

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It remains to be seen how Chelsea plan on integrating Pedro Lima into the team but a number of loan spells could be on the cards for the Brazil star.