Report: Chelsea offer rejected for Barcelona striking prospect

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Chelsea made an offer in January to sign Barcelona’s Seung-Woo Lee.

The 17-year-old is considered a bright prospect in the La Masia facility, and has been named the ‘Asian Messi’ by Spanish media outlet Marca.

And it was the same outlet that reported on Chelsea’s attempted bid for the youngster, which was swiftly dismissed by the player himself. Due to the transfer embargo placed upon Barca, Lee signed a four-year ‘civil contract’ with the La Liga giants last year, preventing him from playing for the senior side but tying his future with the club. He has yet to appear for any of their registered youth teams, although he has made appearances in a number of friendlies, and that is reportedly what has driven him to seek an exit.

The same article claims that Real Madrid are in line to quickly swoop up the disenchanted youngster in line with their new buy-young policy that has seen Lucas Silva and Martin Ødegaard sign for the club. There is no indication as to whether Lee would favour a move to Madrid, but Real are certainly set to submit a formal offer in the coming weeks.

However, as of now, only the Blues have made a concrete offer for the highly-rated 17-year-old - who has six goals in seven games for South Korea’s Under-17’s - although Lee rejected the move to England. Despite the offer set to make him the highest paid player of his age in the United Kingdom, the youngster remained with Barcelona.

Arsenal are also mentioned as showing an interest in Lee, although they have yet to submit an offer for the forward, according the report.

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