The Blues have been represented at Corinthians games in recent weeks and have asked his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, about a price for the 17 year-old.

Lulinha is contracted to Corinthians until 2009 and Chelsea have indicated they're unwilling to meet his Brazilian club's £7 million asking price.

Meanwhile, it's emerged that Lulinha's teammate, Dentinho has also caught the eye of Chelsea scouts. The 18 year-old striker is also interesting AC Milan and Fiorentina.