Chelsea may boast two of the best goalkeepers in the world in Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech but that has not stopped them agreeing a deal with hot prospect Nicolas Tie, according to L'Equipe.
The French goalkeeper, who is just 13-years-old, will reportedly sign for Chelsea in 2017 when he turns 16. According to league rules, the player is not allowed to join a foreign club until he reaches that age.
Tie has already gained an incredible reputation with his hometown club FC Poitiers, helped by the fact that he is already 6ft 1in. With plenty of growing years left, it would be easy to see him reaching similar heights of Cech (6ft 5in) and Courtois (6ft 6in).
Any goalkeeper needs more than height to make it to the top level, but with Chelsea willing to commit to signing him three years in advance, he must be an exceptional talent.
His obvious talent was not spotted by Chelsea alone. According to the same report, Manchester City and Arsenal were both vying for the same deal before Jose Mourinho's side swooped in.
Arsenal have a proven track record of turning raw talent into first team players. Wojciech Szczesny is a prime example, having joined the club as a teenager before moving up through the ranks.
Similarly Manchester City have developed Joe Hart from a young talent into a world-class goalkeeper at the Etihad.
However, it appears Chelsea offered the better deal to Tie, despite the fact their goalkeeper options look secure for at least the next decade.
Mourinho is currently enjoying the benefits of having two world-class goalkeepers in his ranks. At 22-years-old, Courtois is threatening to be around for at least the next decade. However, Cech's future is rather more uncertain after he lost his place to the Belgian.
Incredibly, Tie could be coming to prominence just in time for Courtois to suffer the same fate as Cech, who enjoyed 10 years as Chelsea's first choice before being axed. There is still plenty of development to go for Tie, but he may have the potential to be the next in a line of great goalkeepers.
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