Chelsea are keeping a a close eye on Lazio attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson as Antonio Conte considers the Brazilian as a possible recruit at Stamford Bridge, according to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.

The West London club added four senior players to their first-team squad over the course of the summer but more new additions are expected once the transfer window reopens in the new year.

Conte knows Italian football well and as such it has been something of a surprise that Marcos Alonso, who joined the Blues from Fiorentina, is the only new face from Serie A.

Anderson came through the ranks at Brazilian side Santos and is a close friend of Barcelona star man Neymar.

The 23-year-old is a mercurial talent able to play on either flank and has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past.

Anderson’s ability to score regularly from midfield has been a feature of his play in recent years at Lazio, but the South American schemer is yet to hit the net in five Serie A starts for the capital city side in 2016-17.

The report suggests that the Brasilia-born star is a player that Conte admires and there could well be scope for a January raid on the attacker.

Should Anderson be added to Chelsea’s squad he would join compatriots Oscar and Willian as Brazilian forwards in the Blues ranks.

The skilful forward has also recently changed agents and is now represented by Guiliano Bertolucci – the man who brought a host of Brazilian players to Stamford Bridge.

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