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Roman Abramovich is ready to stun Real Madrid by giving Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas £40million to spend on Brazilian wonderkid Neymar.

Spanish giants Madrid were favourites to land the Samba starlet (right) but have stalled on forking out the huge fee, which would trigger a release clause in the teen’s contract with Santos.

And the Blues’ Russian owner, who is desperate to win the Champions League, will sanction a bid which could mean the ­Spaniards will miss out on the forward, 19.

Chelsea assistant-boss Roberto Di Matteo watched Neymar score for Brazil against Germany last week and praised the youngster in a report to Villas-Boas.

Abramovich was ready to fund a £30m bid in January – but Santos refused to budge on their asking price.

So Abramovich will up his offer in order to boost Chelsea’s options up front.

Fernando Torres has been short of form and Didier Drogba is stalling on a new deal, while Nicolas Anelka is also struggling to find the back of the net.

The arrival of Neymar would solve those problems and a source at the club said: “Roberto was suitably impressed by what he saw. The kid’s a real talent.

“Real Madrid were serious about signing him but, for one reason or another, that deal broke down.

“Money talks and with a £40million offer on the table, Neymar could be a Chelsea player soon.”

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