Five facts on reported Chelsea target Seung-Woo Lee

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Chelsea have reportedly submitted an offer for Barcelona’s Seung-Woo Lee.

The Blues are claimed by Marca to have submitted a formal bid for the South Korean prospect, although the report suggests it was promptly turned down.

Highly rated in both his home nation and Barca’s La Masia academy, Arsenal also have an interest in him, and La Liga rivals Real Madrid are said to be preparing an offer, as per the Marca report. It is indicated that he is unhappy with his current situation at Camp Nou, and is keen to move away to secure a better chance of first-team football.

However, little is known of Lee, and so here are five facts to get you started.

1) A 17-year-old forward, Lee has yet to make a competitive appearance for Barca due to their transfer embargo. He signed a four-year ‘civil contract’ with the Catalan side last term to secure his services, but, with him turning 18 soon, a professional contract has to be offered, and Lee is against signing the deal if he cannot be assured of competitive football.

2) A South Korean youth international, Lee has made seven appearances and scored six goals for his nation's Under-17 side, and he was a key part of the side who finished runners-up at the 2014 Under-16 AFC Championship.

3) Due to his position and goalscoring ability, the Marca article references the name he has been awarded in recent months - the ‘Asian Messi’. Although that tag gets thrown around all too often, Lee certainly represents a continuation of Messi’s style of play.

4) According to the report, the offer made by Chelsea for Lee would have made him the highest paid player in his age group in England, although he rejected it to honour the agreement with Barcelona. There is a good chance that he would eventually accept Chelsea’s offer if his contract situation with Barca cannot be resolved soon.

5) Due to Barca’s much more evident use of young players, it could be suggested that Lee should remain in Catalonia rather than head to either Chelsea or Real. A future with consistent first-team football is much more likely if Barca’s embargo is cancelled soon, and he will likely suffer the same fate as his current one if he moves to West London or Madrid.

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