Chelsea have made a better offer than Liverpool and are in line to capture one of French football’s brightest young talents, according to reports from across to channel.
As relayed by French newspaper Le 10 Sport, France Football magazine claims that the Blues are keen on capturing the signature of Rayan Souici and have put forward a five-year contract in order to best Liverpool’s proposal of three.
Chelsea trump Liverpool
Souici, who plays in a deep position in the midfield, has compared his style of play to Paul Pogba’s in the past, and would become the second Saint Etienne player in a year to move to Stamford Bridge following Kurt Zouma’s switch in 2014.
The move from the Blues will come as something of a surprise to Chelsea fans, who have been expecting Mourinho to focus his efforts on signing Andrej Kramaric ahead of Leicester City.
Despite The Special One insisting back in November that he wouldn’t be making an inroads into the transfer market in January there’s been heightened speculation entering the winter window, and investment in young players appears to be an idea Mourinho will entertain.
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Nevertheless supporters may be unfamiliar with Souici, who has represented France at U16 level. It’s said both Arsenal and Manchester City have also kept tabs on him in recent times, though Liverpool and AS Monaco will be the Blues’ sternest competitors. Monaco are believed to have made an offer themselves, only to be rejected as Souici wants prefers a move away from Ligue 1.
One thing that could play into Chelsea’s hands is the French contingent currently residing in west London. On top of the aforementioned Zouma, who of course has good ties with Saint Etienne, Loic Remy and the young Jeremie Boga are also figures who could make life more comfortable should the youngster choose them over Liverpool.
If Mourinho for some reason misses out it’s unlikely he’ll be too disgruntled given the fact that there are a number of gifted youngsters already knocking on the door to his first-team.
The likes of Patrick Bamford, Nathan Ake, Lucas Piazon and Marco van Ginkel are all waiting for their shot, whilst Thibaut Courtois is proof of how beneficial Chelsea’s method of loaning starlets out can be.