Chelsea have ‘made contact’ with Arsenal youngster Khayon Edwards ahead of a possible summer move, according to reports.
Edwards’ scholarship contract expires at the end of June and the 18-year-old is yet to sign a professional deal with the Gunners, for whom he has scored 17 goals in the youth leagues this season.
Chelsea are poised to make a move but will have to wait until their takeover saga is over, due to the sanctions on Roman Abramovich which prevent them from signing new players.
That’s according to GOAL, who add that Arsenal would be due compensation from Chelsea for their development costs.
Brighton, Southampton and Leeds are also interested in Edwards, who has the same agent as Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun, while a move abroad is also an option with several German clubs said to be tracking the youngster.
In other news at Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel has challenged his players to maintain the intensity levels they showed in the 6-0 win over Southampton.
The Blues boss was unhappy with the performance in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in midweek but Chelsea responded superbly with a much-improved performance on the south coast.
“I think it tells us that we are not a team to escape with results if our input is only 80 to 90 per cent of our energy, commitment and investment,” he said.
“We are a special group when we have the priorities right – if we are committed, if we defend with courage, if we have the hunger and attitude right in challenges. This is our foundation to then show the quality and that we are a strong group and this is a special group of players.
“There are some reasons why it’s not always easy for us to have this hunger and the commitment and the physical input, because we come from an awful lot of matches. That’s why it’s not always easy, but this is the reality, we need it, and it’s not about blaming the players.
“I can understand there a lot of reasons why it was hard for us after the international break. It just proves the point again today that if we have this right we show our quality.”
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