Chelsea scouts believe they have unearthed a big talent on their latest mission with 15-year-old Carlos Badal landing firmly on their radar, reports The Mirror.
The Blues have one of the most extensive scouting systems in world football, something that has helped them discover the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne in recent years.
Only Courtois has made it into the first team, but the latter pair have been sold for significant profit. Thorgan Hazard is another example. He was bought for a mere £500,000 and was sold to Borussia Monchengladbach this week for a reported £5.9 million.
As a result, their scouting system is now responsible for not only the professional success of Chelsea but also its growing financial strength. It seems there is no stopping this recruitment train.
Badal, a 15-year-old centre-back who has represented Spain at under-16 level, is the latest to impress Stamford Bridge scouts and officials are now keen to bring him to west London.
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He currently plays with youth side Los Che, but is likely to be faced with a life-changing decision in the coming weeks. Chelsea are ready to make him an offer to play for their growingly impressive youth team.
Should he join Chelsea?
Chelsea have a poor record of bringing youth team players through to the first-team. Their only youth product in the first-team remains John Terry, who will turn 34-years-old this year. There are several promising players coming through – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker and Dominic Solanke to name a few – but none have been given a significant chance in the first team this season.
What would be a more likely fate for Badal is that he will loaned out in the near future and forced to develop away from Stamford Bridge. Courtois spent three seasons on loan to Atletico Madrid before being brought back. Lukaku spent two seasons on loan at different clubs before being sold. This system is only growing more prevalent with the Blues having sent no less than 30 players out on loan this season.
It is likely Chelsea sense another opportunity to tie down the rights to a hot prospect but have no plans to develop his precious talent themselves, instead leaving it to another club at their expense.
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