Chelsea are poised to snap up Mexican goalkeeper Richard Sanchez after agreeing to give the 16-year-old a lengthy trial at the club.
The under-17 World Cup winner, who currently plies his trade in America with MLS outfit FC Dallas, has been invited to train with the Blues with a view to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
Sanchez’s agent Marc Salicr confirmed to Goal.com that the talented youngster will spend ‘a few months’ with Chelsea ahead of a proposed move.
“As of now, they see Richard as a goalkeeper with a great future and an interesting profile,” Salicr said.
“They’ll take a long look at him. A few months."
Sanchez has already had one spell with a major European club having played for Atletico Madrid at under-16 level before returning to Texas to play with FC Dallas.
His current club’s head coach, Schellas Hyndman, believes the talented youngster has the potential to go far in the game having already demonstrated his ability with his country at youth level.
“I think he is by far the best goalkeeper I have ever seen at this age level,” he commented. “He’s shown that during his time as a goalkeeper for Mexico’s under-17 national team."
Chelsea have been searching at length for a young keeper capable of taking over from Petr Chech once the 29-year-old decides to hang up his gloves, with Ross Turnbull currently the Czech Republic international’s understudy.
At 27 Turnbull doesn’t represent a viable long-term option for Chelsea while the club’s other first team shot-stopper, Hilario, at 37-years-old, falls into the same category.