Chelsea face a battle to keep hold of rising star Samuel Iling-Junior with a number of top European clubs chasing his signature, Football Insider can reveal.
The 16-year-old forward has caught the eye of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, Schalke and Ajax after impressing the youth sides of the Blues and England.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider the club are braced for offers for the wonderkid ahead of the summer as Europe’s elite plot moves to sign him.
Iling-Junior is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer and his suitors know they could land him for a minimal compensation fee if he moves abroad.
He is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects to come through Chelsea’s academy in recent years and has already featured for the club’s Under-18s at the age of 16.
The left-sided winger has been likened to current Chelsea first-team star Callum Hudson-Odoi and is tipped for a bright future in the game.
Europe’s top clubs have made scouring the Premier League for top young talent a major priority in recent years knowing they can lure away some of the best youngsters in cut-price deals.
Losing Iling-Junior would come as a major blow to Chelsea as the teenager is regarded as a potential star in the making.
He has been capped by England at Under-17 level and has played regularly for Chelsea Under-18s this season as well as in the Uefa Youth League.