Are Chelsea looking to raid Feyenoord’s youth academy again?


Chelsea are reportedly now targeting 15 year old Rodney Kongolo, but might have to fight off interest from Arsenal and Manchester City to sign the wonderkid.

Chelsea have reportedly set their sights on another talented young player fro Feyenoord’s youth academy, with Rodney Kongolo being tracked by the Blues amongst a host of other clubs.

Just from the Premier League Chelsea could face competition from Manchester City and Arsenal for the 15 year old midfielder, who is one of the most highly rated youngsters at the Dutch club.

All three English sides have taken players from Feyenoord in recent years, with Kyle Ebicilio going to Arsenal, Karim Relik to Manchester City, and Nathan Ake and Jeffrey Bruma to Chelsea.

Chelsea perhaps have the strongest relationship with the Dutch side, and Kongolo himself might see Nathan Ake’s recent promotion to the first team as an indication that the Blues are now more prepared to give their youth stars a chance in the senior squad, something that they have been criticised for not doing in the past.

Feyenoord can do little to block the interest, as Kongolo is too young to have signed a professional contract with the club. They will have to hope that Kongolo views staying in the Netherlands as his best chance of gaining first team experience as soon as possible.

The strength of Chelsea’s youth ranks has been demonstrated by the huge amount of excellent players they currently have on loan around Europe. Some, such as Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois, already look good enough to feature for most Premier League sides, and there is plenty of potential in the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Josh McEachran as well.

This might count against them in the eyes of a youngster like Kongolo, as with so much competition for places, it is difficult to see an easy route to the first team. However there is also the chance to play in one of the best academies around Europe, and with Financial Fair Play regulations likely to make even the biggest clubs use their young players more, Kongolo might back himself to make an impression on Chelsea even at such a young age.

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