Lucas Piazon is the seventh attacking player to be linked with Stoke City in as many days as the transfer window gossip shows no signs of easing.
Stoke are in the market for forwards and it seems like everyone knows it following injuries to Tyrese Campbell, Steven Fletcher and Lee Gregory.
There have been reports of interest, too, in Middlesbrough’s Duncan Watmore, Tottenham’s Jack Clarke, QPR’s Bright Osayi-Samuel and Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis.
The 26-year-old has been recalled to Chelsea from a loan spell at Rio Ave.
He was dubbed the next Kaka when he joined nine years ago – “I don’t think the comparison is because of our style. I think it is because we both played at Sao Paulo and maybe we can look similar on the pitch sometimes,” he said back in 2011– but hasn’t played for Chelsea since a late cameo in an 8-0 win over Aston Villa in 2012.
The Brazil-born winger has had two years on loan at Fulham – helping win promotion to the Premier League in 2018 – and spells with Reading, Vitesse Arnhem and Malaga before joining Rio Ave in Portugal in September 2019 until what should have been the end of this season.
He hasn’t always enjoyed the cycle, telling Maisfutebol a couple of months ago: “After a certain point the connection is no longer beneficial for both parties.
“At first, I felt really good. I went through the under-23s, got to the first team and, even in the first loans, I felt Chelsea had expectations and interest in me. I believed I could come back and have opportunities at any time.
“Later, as time passed, I became just another business for them. They send me out on loan with the expectation of selling me and making some money with me. I think that’s more or less what they think.”
He has made 10 appearances for Rio Ave this season – on the right wing and as a second striker – scoring twice.