Chelsea are considering a last ditch attempt to sign Crewe Alexandra's teen sensation Nick Powell from under the noses of Manchester United, according to the Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old forward appears destined for the Premier League stage after a series of eye-catching performances in the Railwaymen's League Two promotion winning campaign, and is tipped for a bright future.
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has moved to tie Powell to a long-term deal at Old Trafford, having agreed in principle a £6million fee with Crewe. However, Chelsea are now attempting to hijack the deal and lure the talented youngster to Stamford Bridge instead.
The Blues have already beaten United to the signing of in-demand Lille playmaker Eden Hazard, and could now deal Ferguson a double transfer market blow with the capture of Powell.
Heralded as the greatest prospect ever to graduate from Crewe's esteemed youth academy, Powell netted an impressive 15 goals in his debut campaign in the Crewe first-team, and ended 2011-12 with all of the club's end of season awards, including Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and Goal of the Season.
His goal against Cheltenham in last weekend's 2-0 play-off final victory at Wembley showed a small glimpse of the natural ability Powell possesses, and he is almost certain to leave Crewe this summer with Chelsea and Manchester United lurking.