Aston Villa youngster Carney Chukwuemeka is being considered as a transfer target for Manchester City and Manchester United. The 17-year-old midfielder joined Villa’s academy in 2019 and signed a first professional contract at the club the following year after impressing.
Chukwuemeka made his Premier League debut for Dean Smith’s side in the club’s recent 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the third-youngest player to play for the club in the English top-flight after Gareth Barry (17y 68d) and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (16y 198d).
Though only 17 years of age, the youngster is already featuring for Villa’s Under-23s side on a regular basis and has caught the eye of Europe’s top clubs in the process.
City and United are both monitoring Chukwuemeka, in addition to Bayern Munich, PSG and Borussia Dortmund, according to German publication BILD.
The report claims that Dortmund view the midfielder as ‘the next Jude Bellingham’ and see the player as a ‘perfect fit’ for the club.
“He’s got a pathway at the football club,” Smith told BirminghamLive.
“He’s got a plan at the football club. He’s doing extremely well. He’s training with the first-team regularly. He’s been on the bench for us. He’s been in a number of squads and he’s doing excellently. We’re really pleased with his progress so far.
“Yes, there has to be a little bit of… He’s doing very well in age-football at the moment and I recall watching Wayne Rooney play against Aston Villa in the FA Youth Cup final in 2002. I remember watching the game and he developed very quickly as a player.
“Our job is finding that balance for their development; the maturation of the players. Carney’s in a good place with us at the moment training with us and he’s enjoying he’s football.”