‘Big efforts’: Graham Potter would rather sign £52m youngster than Cristiano Ronaldo for Chelsea - journalist

Journalist Jacob Steinberg has claimed on Twitter that Graham Potter would rather bring in Brazilian wonderkid Endrick than Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is likely the five-time Balon d’Or winner will finally be on the way out of Old Trafford, after launching a scathing attack on Manchester United.

After going after the facilities and methods at the club that hadn’t changed since his first spell in the North West, he sensationally claimed that he had no respect for manager Erik ten Hag.

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With a departure on the cards, Chelsea have immediately been mentioned as a future potential home for the Portugal international, following their interest this summer.

Todd Boehly was seemingly adamant that the club should bring the superstar name in, although manager at the time Thomas Tuchel was firmly against the idea.

It now appears like his replacement Graham Potter holds a similar viewpoint.

Potter would rather Endrick than Ronaldo

Steinberg has claimed that he is far more focused on building a young, exciting side, and that includes making a big push to sign Endrick.

He said: Currently no indication that Chelsea will go for Cristiano Ronaldo in January. They know he wouldn’t fit Graham Potter’s style of play. Plan is to let Potter build his own team and focus is on bringing in young players.

That includes making big efforts to sign Endrick, but won’t be easy to beat Real Madrid, Barca and PSG to the Brazilian forward.

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The Brazilian youngster has emerged as one of the key targets for the Blues, with him reportedly set to cost £52m.

Chelsea have already made some strong efforts to bring him in, utilising the national team captain Thiago Silva to their advantage.

They will be hoping that a meeting with the Brazil legend will be enough to convince the Palmeiras man to choose them over the rival elite clubs.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released