AS Monaco believe they can convince Charly Musonda to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window, according to the Mirror.
The French club made an ambitious £10million offer in the summer, but Musonda, 19, is considered to be one of the best young players currently at the club, so the Blues refused the offer.
However, Jose Mourinho, as always, has failed to integrate any of the current crop of young stars into the first-team set-up. Indeed, only two academy products have played in the senior team this season: Ruben Loftus-Cheek and John Terry.
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Chelsea persuaded Musonda to stay at Stamford Bridge in the summer, but having seen his route to the first team blocked by a manager who seems to have no interest in developing talent, he could attempt to force a move in January.
That is why Monaco are preparing to launch a renewed attempt to bring him to Ligue 1, and his failure to land a role in senior football has also alerted Mourinho's bitter rival Arsene Wenger.
Unlike Mourinho, the Arsenal manager has shown tremendous faith in a number of promising young stars throughout his managerial career. Most notably, the Frenchman handed important first-team roles to Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere when they were just 17 years old.
Worth the fuss?
But why are they fussing over Musonda? Is he really worth the effort? Well, yes, according to this report in the Daily Mail, he very much is.
At the age of 17, Musondo was fast-tracked to Chelsea's Under-21 team and, despite being surrounded by players three and four years his senior, proved to be a significant figure.
In 2014, he scored in the FA Youth Cup final against Fulham and followed that up with a goal against Manchester United in the Premier Under-21 League final. Chelsea went on to win both trophies.
To cap it off, those around the young Belgian have not hesitated to compare him to his compatriot and Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard. But he still has not done enough to impress Mourinho.
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