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Reports: Man Utd & Chelsea Chasing ‘Next Neymar’

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly chasing Brazil wonderkid Robert Kenedy, who has been dubbed the ‘next Neymar’.

Read: Igesund: Only Teenage Comes Close To Neymar

The 19-year-old was reportedly scouted by United and Chelsea’s scouts during the recent Under-20 South American Youth Football Championship.

Kenedy only scored one goal in five games for Brazil’s Under-20 team, but impressed the scouts of both Premier League sides, according to reports in Spanish and English media.

As a consequence, Louis van Gaal’s side are reportedly preparing a £5 million summer move for the Fluminense forward.

However, the Red Devils will have to fend off interest from Chelsea after the Kenedy previously revealed he would like to join the Blues’ Brazil connections.

“Of course I am happy to play for Fluminense but it is my ambition to one day play in Europe,” he told reporters, as quoted by the Express.

“I like Chelsea because of players like Oscar and Ramires. I like the whole team.”

With Filipe Luis, Willian and Diego Costa (who is Brazil-born), Chelsea has three more of Kenedy’s countrymen, while United only have Rafael to help lure him to Old Trafford.

Brazil’s young guns finished the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship in fourth place, behind Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.

Read: Is Neymar Better Than 23-Year-Old Ronaldo?

Kenedy and his countrymen are hosting the 2016 Olympics next year - where Kenedy’s market value could sky rocket.

Do you think Manchester United can beat Chelsea to sign the Brazilian starlet? Have your say in the comments section below.

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