By Harvey Byrne
Chelsea are preparing to step up their interest in Rangers wonderkid Billy Gilmour, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed that the Premier League giants have identified the 15-year-old playmaker as a star of the future.
However, any deal for the young prospect will have to wait until he turns 16 on June 11 due to FIFA rules.
Due to the rules the player could also be purchased for as little as £100,000 in cross-border compensation.
The teenager caught the eye for Scotland in the Victory Shield earlier this campaign, where scouts from Barcelona, Bayern Munich and numerous English clubs were watching him.
Gilmour has not yet made his debut for the Ibrox giants, but he has been tipped to have a bright future at the club.
Meanwhile, Chelsea don’t necessarily have a great recent history of promoting young players with many of their academy currently out on loan to various clubs.
However, they are looking to put more of an emphasis on their youth system as they look to create a dynasty at the club.
Gilmour could become a future star at Chelsea, but it is likely that he will have to wait a lot longer to make his senior debut at the Premier League club than he would at Rangers.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s hard for a youngster, especially at 15, to turn down the likes of Chelsea. However, he would be committing career suicide if he made the move to London at this early stage. All players will have faith in their ability to succeed and be different from “all the rest”, who have previously gone to a big club and failed. But history would suggest that he won’t make it with the Blues. He will be better suited to staying at Ibrox, where it will be likely that he will see European football in a few years. He should then evaluate his options after becoming an established star.
In other Rangers transfer news, the Gers have been given an emphatic response after making an approach to this 26-year-old goal machine.