Chelsea are close to agreeing a deal to sign Senegalese teenager Pape Daouda Diong.
The 17 year old was in the stands to watch their penalty shoot-out win over Newcastle in the Carabao Cup last week, and is expected to join the club when he turns 18 at the end of the season (FIFA regulations prevent them signing him before he reaches that milestone.
Diong has recently been a prominent member of the Senegal squad at the under – 17 World Cup in Indonesia, and played in all four of their matches as his side reached the last 16 before eventually losing to France.
The signing of the midfielder is in line with Chelsea’s policy of trying to attract younger players for the club, who then then tie down with long-term deals.
Another, Ecuadorean Kendry Paez, also watched the Newcastle match, but, as he is still just 16, cannot officially agree terms until May 2025.
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