With more and more Manchester City youngsters getting a chance under Pep Guardiola, the club’s academy is becoming increasingly attractive to the next generation of footballers.
Chelsea are at risk of losing one of their most highly-rated prospects as Man City have opened talks with Jude Soonsup-Bell, according to the Evening Standard.
Following the signing of young Everton star Emilio Lawrence, City are attempting to build the strongest academy in English football, with Chelsea arguably their toughest competition.
The 18-year-old joined Chelsea at the age of 13 from Swindon Town, but his contract is quickly running out, with the player’s current deal expiring at the end of the season.
City are among a number of clubs across Europe interested in the striker, who has already made one senior appearance, which came in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup tie against Brentford last season.
Soonsup-Bell is a mainstay in Chelsea’s under-23 side, having scored one and assisted another in six Premier League 2 appearances this season.
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During his seven years at the club, Soonsup-Bell has kept 28 goals and provided seven assists in 77 appearances.
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