Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to sign Hartlepool goalkeeper Brad Young during the summer transfer window as a backup to Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Sun report that other big Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Manchester United are also said to be interested in the young goalkeeper, however, it’s the Blues who are currently the closest to the deal.
Apparently, the player is set to be invited for talks and Chelsea are keen on signing him for a six-figure fee.
The 17-year-old is highly rated by the National League outfit and he could develop into a first-team player at Stamford Bridge in time.
It will be interesting to see if the Blues can pull off the transfer soon. They have the financial means to complete the deal and the likes of Arsenal and United aren’t very attractive projects right now.
Both clubs have an uncertain future and they are struggling in the Premier League. Comparatively, Chelsea have a talented young squad and a promising Frank Lampard in charge.
Furthermore, former Chelsea player Ross Turnbull is Hartlepool’s goalkeeping coach and he might play a key role in convincing the player to join the Blues as well.
The 6ft 4in goalkeeper will certainly be tempted to join a Premier League club if an offer comes his way and Chelsea are a top club.