Chelsea contact striker who may have revitalizing abilities as Arsenal prepare rival plan for Khayon Edwards
Chelsea are in contact with Arsenal youth striker Khayon Edwards in case they can sign him this summer, a report has revealed.
Khayon Edwards currently mainly plays for Arsenal’s Under-18 team. He has 16 goals in 16 games at this level this season. As such, Arsenal wishes to reward him with his first professional contract.
He could therefore follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun, who both have the same agent.
However, chelsea lay the groundwork in place to prevent this from happening, according to Goal. It is claimed that they are in contact over a possible summer move.
Any such venture will depend on the ability of a takeover of the club in time. But if so, Chelsea will try to strengthen at all levels.
Their academy have been very successful in recent years but this season their Under-23 side are at risk of relegation from the Premier League 2. If they can strengthen the ranks to do better next season they will. .
A big part of their strategy will be finding young Britons to join their academy teams. And they may not have to look too far from the capital.
As part of those plans, they aim to accommodate Edwards. He is believed to be a childhood fan of the club, but his decision will be based on his development, rather than such loyalties.
Three other Premier League teams follow Khayon Edwards
Still, Chelsea hope to make him an attractive ground. Alternatively, three rival suitors are mentioned: Leeds United, Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion.
Moreover, the German Bundesliga is interested.
Any of them would just have to pay compensation, rather than a transfer fee, to take Edwards this summer. That is to say, unless Arsenal can convince the 18-year-old to commit on professional terms with them.
Chelsea could, however, imagine their chances if their takeover process goes ahead in time. After that, they will be keen to bring attacking talent to the club like Edwards.
The report also points out that Armando Broja, currently on loan at Southampton, could have a chance of a call-up this summer. He has proven to be more ready for the first team, but Chelsea are ready to add the next elements to the treadmill when possible.
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