Corinthians midfielder Paulinho helped his side reach the final in Tokyo with a 1-0 win over Egyptian club Al Ahly in their semi-final on Wednesday. Chelsea will get a closer look at the player if they can overcome Mexican side Monterrey on Thursday.
Chelsea have apparently singled out the Brazilian midfielder as a possible target, but will face competition from Inter Milan, who are seeking a new face to replace Wesley Sneijder with the Dutch playmaker set to depart the San Siro in January.
Paulinho is said to have a buy-out clause of £20 million, but coach Rafael Benitez is keen to bolster his options in midfield.
"Paulinho plays for the national team....they have other experienced players like Douglas, the number 10, who has a lot of quality with his left foot," said the Chelsea defender David Luiz.
"I have lots of friends there. I know them, they know me. If it's this game in the final, it's a great game to have."
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