Delays over their new manager search are being blamed on Chelsea's failure to close a deal for Santos whiz Neymar.

The Sun says Chelsea appeared to be losing out on long-standing target Neymar.

The Brazil sensation, 19, seemed on the verge of joining Real Madrid.

Powerful agent Ernesto Bronzetti, a close pal of Real president Florentino Perez, was quoted in Italy as saying it was a 'done deal' before he later retracted his statement.

It seems that the delay in appointing a new Blues boss to succeed the sacked Carlo Ancelotti may be damaging the club's chances to land their top targets this summer.

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