Date: 1st May 2019 at 12:32pm
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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

French club Nice are plotting a summer move to sign Chelsea starlet Tariq Lamptey, Football Insider understands.

The 18-year-old is entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge and the Ligue 1 big hitters, who are managed by Patrick Vieira, are hoping to lure the talented teenager away from Stamford Bridge with the offer of a quicker pathway to regular first-team football.

Chelsea have been credited with an interest in £35m-valued Nice right-back Youcef Atal this summer, should their transfer ban be delayed.

A source close to the player has told Football Insider that the French outfit and have earmarked Lamptey as a potential long-term successor to Atal and a part-exchange may be possible with the Premier League giants.

Lamptey is regarded as one of the most promising prospects at Chelsea after coming through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge.

The attacking right-back, who is renowned for his extreme speed and forward raids up the flank, has been a stand-out performer for Chelsea’s all-conquering youth sides since breaking into the side during the 2017/18 season.

Lamptey has attracted the interest of a number of clubs at home and abroad due to his impressive displays for Chelsea and England Under-18s and Under-19s sides and the Londoners are bracing themselves for offers for the exciting youngster this summer.

In other Chelsea news, Aston Villa are working on another centre-forward signing from the Blues in additions to Tammy Abraham.