It turns out that Chelsea's first acquisition of the summer isn't an Edinson Cavani or Andre Schurrle or even a Lazar Markovic. Instead, the Blues have gone a-raiding Barcelona for young winger Josimar Quintero, part of a Camp Nou exodus that sees three talented youngsters moving to England (although not all to Chelsea, sadly):
Youth players Sergi Canos (Liverpool), Julio Pleguezuelo (Arsenal) and Josima Quintero (Chelsea), all three 16, move to England. [sport]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) June 7, 2013
That tweet, incidentally, is sourced from this article on SPORT, which I won't run through Google translate for y'all because it's not very interesting. Anyway, this move has been in the works for some time. Back in April, news broke that Quintero was going to move to Chelsea at the end of the season, and he even spoke about said move in an interview with EQUAGOL. Now, it seems, everything is wrapped up.
No, this isn't the sort of signing that will have an immediate impact on the first team. Quintero is 16 and still has plenty of work to go before he can cut it as a Premier League level footballer. But it helps the youth side's depth, and any time you can poach talent out of La Masia, you almost have to do it -- especially if the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal wanted him too. Welcome aboard, Josimar!