Chelsea lead transfer race for ‘the next Kevin De Bruyne’ but face Brexit problems | Football | Sport


Chelsea are locked in a transfer battle with both Milan clubs for a midfielder dubbed the ‘next Kevin de Bruyne’, but face difficulties regarding Brexit, reports suggest.

Chelsea are set to continue spending this summer, and are set to adopt a youth-first policy.

As well as 20-year-old Erling Haaland, the Blues are also said to be interested in Brondby ace Mads Bayer.

The 15-year-old is still playing in the youth team, but has represented Denmark at under-17 level.

Bayer is still too young to sign professional terms yet, and is in a similar situation to that of Jude Bellingham last year.

He is still under a schoolboy contract at Brondby, which lasts until 2023.

But Brondby seem to have little chance of keeping him for too much longer, as he’s already attracted attention from Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Chelsea.

The Blues, according to the Mirror, are eager to sign him up and bring him into the youth setup.

However, they face difficulties in doing so, as FIFA guidelines would currently prohibit the deal.

Due to Britain leaving the EU, teams in the Premier League are currently unable to buy any players under the age of 18 from abroad.

Current rules also prohibit teams in England from signing more than three players under the age of 21 in any transfer window.

Chelsea are said to be looking at possible exemptions to the rule, which could involve Bayer moving to a different feeder club before coming to England when he’s a bit older.

Bayer has apparently already travelled to Italy to talk with representatives from Juve, Inter and Milan.

Brondby are on board and understand that they can’t keep their prized asset for long, reports say.

Chelsea are set to be busy in the upcoming summer transfer window, and are expected to continue spending to improve Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Saturday’s FA Cup Final defeat to Leicester City highlighted the need for a new centre-forward to be signed, and they’re also set to go after a new centre-back.

But their pursuit of Bayer indicates that they’re also looking to the future instead of just going for players who can play for the first-team immediately.

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