Report: Chelsea scout Belgian teenage midfield duo

Chelsea have been scouting Youri Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.

The teenage duo are 17 and 19-years-old respectively, and look to be the next in a long line of Belgian talents.

Both midfielders, the pair are capped at every level of youth international football for Belgium, and are currently turning out for the Under-21 side. They have Champions League experience to their name and are frequent fixtures in the Anderlecht first-team; Tielemans especially, who has an incredible tally of 73 games to his name, despite his young age.

They are considered two of the brightest prospects in world football, and it would come as no surprise to see them depart their homeland for greener pastures over the course of the next year. Likely to interest a number of Europe’s top clubs, it has now been revealed that Premier League side Chelsea have been scouting the duo ahead of a potential summer transfer.

Reported by Belgian media outlet HLN, the Blues sent scout Tony White to Belgium to watch the pair, and the club see Tielemans and Dendoncker as both a long-term playing investment, but also as another step in their utilisation of the loan market to ensure financial security.

What does this mean for Chelsea?

The Blues are well known for their loan policy and poor return of bringing youth players into the first-team set-up. If the duo were to sign, it would be expected that they would be shipped out of the club temporarily to help them improve, before potentially being shifted out permanently for a large profit.

The chances of them ever making the starting XI are distant, but, if impressing enough on loan and looking likely to reach their undoubted potential, both Tielemans and Dendoncker could soon be Chelsea first-team stars.

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