Chelsea battling Real Madrid for Lulinha

Chelsea are confident of seeing off interest from Real Madrid to win the race for Corinthians starlet Lulinha.

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The Independent says agent, Wagner Ribeiro, flew to London to hold talks with Frank Arnesen, Chelsea's chief scout and head of youth development, who has been pushing for a deal to be completed as quickly as possible to sign the 17-year-old. Lulinha, who plays as an attacking midfielder or a "second" striker, has been told he can leave his club, Corinthians, if the asking price is met.

Chelsea sent scouts to watch him play against Flamengo last Wednesday and, again, in the 2-2 draw with Atletico Paranaense last weekend.

Ribeiro, whose clients include Robinho, is acutely aware of Chelsea's enthusiasm and has combined a trip to hold talks with other European clubs with a visit to Stamford Bridge yesterday. He has also been in Spain to meet Real Madrid.

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