Chelsea will increase their interest in German starlet Julian Brandt after the youngster turned down a new contract at Wolfsburg, according to reports.
The 17-year-old winger is also on the radar of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, as clubs prepare to fight for the talented teenager.
Brandt’s current contract expires in the summer at the Volkswagen Arena, but a spokesperson for the Bundesliga club explained that they are now ready for his departure.
"Julian Brandt has turned down the offer to sign a new contract with VfL Wolfsburg," a Wolfsburg spokesperson told Deutsche Presseagentur.
"As he is out of contract at the end of the campaign, Julian Brandt will therefore depart from VfL Wolfsburg."
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has brought a number of top young players to Stamford Bridge since returning to the club, with Christian Atsu and Marco van Ginkel just two examples.
Indeed, the Blues drafted in a number of high-profile young players before ‘the Special One’s’ arrival, with Romelu Lukaku, Oscar and Wallace some of the players joining the revolution under owner Roman Abramovich.
Brandt would be younger than all of those mentioned if Chelsea did make their move, but his credentials are without question after impressing for his country at youth level.
The free transfer price would also understandably appeal to the interested parties, although Wolfsburg would be entitled to a compensation fee.