Chelsea linked with sensational move for 17-year-old Ligue 1 wonderkid

Tom Weber
Tom Weber
  • Updated: 26 Oct 2023 13:39 BST
  • 4 min read
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Chelsea are reportedly plotting a move for Lille wonderkid Leny Yoro.

The youngster has emerged as one of Ligue 1's biggest and brightest talents. Having supplanted Eden Hazard as Lille's second-youngest debutant in 2021/22, the 17-year-old is now a regular starter for his team.

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With his contract expiring in 2025, Yoro is set to become a sought-after commodity and Chelsea are trying to steal a march on other suitors, according to 90min. Lille, naturally, are keen on tying the youngster down to a new deal.

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When asked for comment by FootballTransfers, the French club insisted that there were no news on Yoro. The above-mentioned report, however, claims that the Blues are plotting a deal similar to the ones that saw them land Christopher Nkunku and Malo Gusto.

Chelsea would sign Yoro in January but the player would remain with Lille until the end of the season. Blues scouts have been "thoroughly impressed" with the 17-year-old, it is asserted.

Yoro catching the eye

In addition to Chelsea, PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid are also mentioned as admirers of Yoro. Liverpool and Manchester United are tracking the defender as well, but their interest is not as concrete as that of the other sides.

The 17-year-old has won plenty of plaudits with his performances this season, with former Barcelona star and current teammate Samuel Umtiti hailing the youngster as "a boss."

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Head coach Paulo Fonseca, meanwhile, described Yoro as boasting "a lot of personality and he’s having a good time at the moment. He has great maturity and I predict a great future for him.”

Despite his tender years, Yoro is already a member of Thierry Henry's French U21 squad. Chelsea have shown a willingness to raid Ligue 1 in recent transfer windows with the likes of Lesley Ugochukwu, Malo Gusto, Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi all arriving from the French league.

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