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Chelsea considering a move for £40m-rated Ajax star David Neres

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David Neres was one of the stars of Ajax’s Champions League campaign (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea are considering a move for Ajax’s £40m-rated winger David Neres if their 12-month transfer ban from FIFA ends up being delayed.

The 22-year-old Brazilian international is one of a host of Ajax players tipped to be on the move this summer having played a key role in their run to the Champions League semi-finals.

Neres scored two goals – against Juventus and Real Madrid in the knockout rounds – and provided two assists in 11 Champions League games as Ajax defied the odds to reach the latter stages.

The former Sao Paulo star also chipped in with eight goals and eight assists as Ajax clinched the Eredivisie title for the first time in five years.

Eden Hazard has been tipped to join Real Madrid this summer (Picture: Getty)

A host of top European clubs are believed to be keeping tabs on Neres including PSG, Liverpool and Arsenal and Chelsea are keen to enter the race if they can buy players this summer.

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Chelsea’s interest in Neres could indicate that they are on the lookout for a replacement for Eden Hazard with the Belgian being strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid.

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Although Chelsea completed the £58m capture of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January, both Pedro and Willian are entering the final 12-months of their contracts while Callum Hudson-Odoi will miss the start of next season with an Achilles injury.

Neres made his senior international debut for Brazil against the Czech Republic in March and his form in the Netherlands was rewarded with a place in Tite’s squad for the Copa America which will start in Brazil next month.

Chelsea had held an interest in Serbian striker Luka Jovic but he agreed to join Real Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

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