Chelsea youngster Lawrence targeted by Wimbledon - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

15th Jul, 2021 | 3:57pm

Sources: AFC Wimbledon plot raid for Chelsea teen Lawrence after Guehi medical passed

AFC Wimbledon have registered their interest in signing Chelsea youngster Henry Lawrence, Football Insider understands.

The versatile youngster, 19, has been targeted after being a regular for the Blues’ under-23s side last season.

A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that the club could loan out Lawrence for the season and Wimbledon are among his suitors.

The teenager can operate in both full-back positions, central midfield as well as wide midfield.

His potential departure comes as another Chelsea youngster, Marc Guehi, finalises a permanent move to Crystal Palace.

The source revealed that Guehi has already passed a Palace medical and agreed the terms of a five-year contract.

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A graduate of the Blues’ academy system, the 20-year-old centre-back made two first-team appearances for the London giants.

They both came in the League Cup during the 2019/20 campaign.

Guehi also played 59 times for Swansea City across two separate loan spells in Wales.

His performances, which helped the Swans to the Championship play-offs in both seasons, caught the eye of Palace’s talent spotters.

He is now on the verge of completing a permanent move to Selhurst Park.

The Abidjan-born defender could be followed out the door by England under-20 international Lawrence.

Chelsea are considering giving the teenager the green light to leave on loan and Wimbledon have made their interest known.

A versatile full-back who can play on either flank or as a defensive midfielder, Lawrence is yet to make his senior bow.

However, he was an unused substitute for the Blues’ 4-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich back in August 2020.

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