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Jesus Corona re-linked with Chelsea; more Gabriel Menino rumors, too

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Reinforcements incoming?

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Chelsea do not have an urgent need for a right wing-back at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from coming up with potential transfer targets.

Jonas Hoffman was one such name, but the Blues could also look at FC Porto’s Jesús “Tecatito” Corona, who was already briefly linked last year as well, before staying in Portugal. But his contract is now even closer to expiry — just one year left in fact — and according to O Jogo (via Foot Mercato) and Bola VIP, Chelsea and Sevilla will go head-to-head to win his favor, though the latter are said to be frontrunners already.

The reports note that any club can sign Tecatito for €25m before June, after which his release clause would rise to €40m. This unique contract structure has been confirmed by SIC Noticias as well. However, considering his contract situation, Porto could allow him to leave for a lot less than that anyway.

Tecatito, once a highly promising and exciting young winger, has developed into a much more well-rounded player, able to play anywhere up and down the right flank. He has scored 3 times and provided 11 assists in 40 competitions this season, playing both as a right midfielder in Porto’s 4-4-2 setup and a right wing-back when they utilized a three-man backline.

Another potential target at that position is Palmeiras youngster Gabriel Menino, who is already being hailed as an heir to Dani Alves. Mundo Deportivo confirm the earlier reports of Chelsea’s interest, with the Blues said to be serious in our intentions. The 20-year-old’s release clause stands at €60m, but Palmeiras apparently would be willing to deal at around €15m-€20m.

Menino’s versatility — he can also play as a defensive midfielder or a central midfielder — has led to a lot of European clubs taking interest, with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid already linked, and Tottenham Hotspur also monitoring, as per Sky Sports. The player’s current contract expires in December 2024.

By the sounds of it, Menino has the potential to be a world class wingback, but whether it’s a wise choice to pursue him right now is much more debatable.