Sevilla target nears Santos exit
Brazilian newspaper O Globo has learned that Santos starlet Neilton Meira Mestzk could be leaving the club in the near future.
The forward has shown a great deal of potential since breaking into the first team set-up and has even earned comparisons with Brazil star Neymar.
However, the 19-year-old has less than a year left on his deal with the Brazilian giants and everything suggests he won’t be signing a contract extension.
The striker appears to be looking to move to Europe, with Sevilla reportedly leading the race for his signature.
Neilton has exploded onto the biggest stage this season, making 17 appearances for Santos and scoring 4 goals in the process.
And even with the player eager to leave Santos at the earliest opportunity, he would probably be better off staying at the club for at least a couple of more years.
De Bruyne to quit Chelsea
Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne appears to be nearing closer to Stamford Bridge exit after he was dropped from the squad for Champions League clash against Steaua, reports Daily Mail.
The 22-year-old was given a chance to impress after enjoying a very successful loan spell at Werder Bremen and some excellent displays in pre-season saw the Belgian command a starting berth for the opening match against Hill City.
Nevertheless, De Bruyne has since seen his performances drop and was publicly criticized by boss Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager has now left him out of the squad for the midweek game against Steaua, which is enough to suggest the player’s long-term future may be in doubt.
De Bruyne is still held in high regard by top Bundesliga sides, and some of his long-term admirers could try and offer the midfielder an escape route from Stamford Bridge.
After losing their opening Champions League fixture to Basel, Chelsea are 3/4 to make things right in Bucarest.
Schalke reignite interest in Stocker
Sport Bild understands that Schalke are not giving up on FC Basel midfielder Valentin Stocker.
The Miners attempted to sign the highly rated footballer this summer, but ultimately opted for Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Stocker has now admitted that he was hoping to complete a move to Veltins Arena in the final days of the summer transfer window.
“Of course I was disappointed that it did not work. But, I have also never made secret of the fact that I feel very comfortable in Basel,” Stocker told Sport Bild.
Basel and Schalke are set to meet in round two of Champions League group stage on Tuesday, and no doubt the Miners will use the opportunity to make another check on their target.
Even though Stocker has a contract until June 2016 at Basel, it looks as though he could be moving clubs sooner rather than later.