In the past few days, with both the Brazilian and English media reporting Chelsea’s interest in Bento, there’s been big noise around the Athletico goalkeeper.

The Blues are not said to be alone in the race, though, with a couple of Serie A sides also willing to bring him to Europe.

That’s why Tuttosport features an interview with former Athletico coach Alberto Valentim. In quotes carried by Calcio Mercato, the manager highlighted Bento’s qualities, claiming he’s good enough to play in Europe already.

“I see him as very ready. Last year Benfica wanted him, but the president didn’t sell him. Bento is certainly ready for any top club. And I’m sure, given that I know Italy, that he wouldn’t have any problems adapting,” said Valentim.

“Bento is also good with his feet, he knows how to read the play well, he understands when to pass short or throw long. Ditto for the pass with his hands.”

Covering the story, Calcio Mercato points out that Chelsea, who are ‘not entirely satisfied with Robert Sanchez’s contribution’, are interested in Bento. It’s said that his match for Brazil against England at Wembley ‘must have stirred something in the city’.

However, the outlet also claims that Bento’s idea is to ‘retrace the footsteps of Julio Cesar’ and go to Italy. That’s not something the Brazilian ever said, so we should soon see if that’s true, especially if Chelsea actually put an offer on the table.