Report: Chelsea and Manchester City will have to pay £36m for teenager Amadou Diawara

The Bologna star has only played a handful of Serie A games.

It has been reported this week that Chelsea and Manchester City are pursuing Bologna midfielder Amadou Diawara.

The Rossoblu star has been compared to Paul Pogba and Yaya Toure and Corriere della Bologna reported yesterday that both Chelsea and Manchester City were keen to spend €20 million (£14.4 million) on the 18-year-old powerhouse.

The Guinean came through the youth ranks at Vitus Cesena before joining lowly San Marino in 2014. Bologna picked him up in August and he has since gone on to become one of the breakout stars of Serie A this season in a Cinderella rise to prominence.

The same report however made it clear that the £14.4 million bids would fall short of Bologna's valuation. That valuation stands at a whopping €50 million (£36 million) which would make him one of the world's most expensive 18-year-olds.

Diawara is certainly a fantastic talent and Chelsea and Manchester City would be right to invest in the player. However that price-tag seems astronomical for a teenager who has only played a handful of games in Serie A.

Time will tell if Diawara makes it to Chelsea or Manchester City, but remember the name.

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