Report: Sunderland and Crystal Palace interested in Chelsea starlet Jeremie Boga

The 18-year old played a key role in Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup triumph last season.

Sunderland and Crystal Palace hold an interest in Chelsea Under-21 star Jeremie Boga, according to Foot Mercato.

The report claims several European clubs have also expressed an interested in taking the Chelsea man on loan, including Rayo Vallencano, Deportivo and Celta Vigo.

Marseille are likely to be favourites, should they make a move, but sources close to the player have revealed there has been no serious contact yet.

Boga spoke of his willingness to return to France if he failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge back in May, as reported by The Independent, and revealed Marseille were a club ‘close to my heart’, but a move to the Stade Velodrome doesn’t appear imminent.

“Marseille contacted Chelsea a few weeks ago, but it has not gone any further, to my knowledge,” the source is quoted as saying.

“What is certain is that neither Jeremie nor his representative were contacted by Marseille. The only club who approached Jeremie from Ligue One is Troyes.“

Boga’s contract with the Blues runs until June 2017 and the club reportedly want to secure a longer deal before allowing him out on loan.

The attacking midfielder is a bright prospect, but whether he's ready for the Premier League is a different matter altogether. A move back to familiar surroundings in France, coupled with a higher probability of first-team appearances, just might be a smarter move for the Chelsea youngster at this stage in his career.

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