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ESPNsoccernet understands Chelsea are likely to make a fresh bid for Brazil starlet Neymar in the summer.

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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich refused to sanction the £30 million it would have taken to have captured Neymar from Santos last summer but, having invested heavily in Fernando Torres and David Luiz in January, he has demonstrated a change of heart.

Chelsea's bid of £22 million was rejected by Santos six months ago, and Neymar agreed a new contract, but he continues to attract the attention of Europe's biggest clubs and Barcelona sent a scout to monitor the player.

An insider with a detailed knowledge of the Neymar move told ESPNsoccernet: "Santos still don't want to sell, but that could all change in the summer.

"Yes, Barcelona have shown interest, but so have all the top clubs across Europe. Certainly Roman Abramovich has changed his mind about spending big, and the indications are that Chelsea will return for Neymar."

Chelsea have also been linked with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas but Neymar remains their key summer target, with Abramovich considering a bid of up to £30 million.


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