Chelsea (opens in new tab)intend to make a move for Eintracht Frankfurt youngster Luka Hyrylainen once he turns 18 in August, according to reports.
The 17-year-old midfielder is yet to make a senior appearance for the Bundesliga club, but he’s attracted interest from several big-name suitors across Europe – and has been compared to Declan Rice for his all-action, leggy style of play.
The Sun (opens in new tab) reports that Chelsea are among them, and the west London club are considering a move once their transfer ban has been lifted.
UK government sanctions mean that the Blues are currently unable to sign or sell players, a result of owner Roman Abramovich having his assets frozen following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
However, talks are ongoing over a sale of the club to LA Dodgers owner Todd Boehly for more than £4 billion.
Hyrylainen is a Finland Under-19 international and he’s scored two goals in 17 appearances for Frankfurt’s Under-19 side this season.
The Finn is unlikely to come at any significant cost, as he’s about to enter the final year of his contract in Germany.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.
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