Atletico Madrid eager to sign 17-year-old Chelsea transfer target

The London giants have been joined by Atletico Madrid in pursuit of Angers centre-forward Mohamed-Ali Cho. U21 France international started at the Chantilly academy before moving to PSG’s youth setup in 2011, where he spent four years.

The 17-year-old striker then had a four-year stint in England with the Everton youth side before returning to France in winter last year, signing for Angers. Having linked up with the club’s U19 setup, the French centre-forward found himself being fast-tracked into the senior team.

To date, the Frenchman has featured 36 times for the club and has scored two goals. While that return might not set the pulses racing, Cho is held in the highest of regards in his country. Despite being only 17 years of age, Mohamed-Ali was recently handed his debut for the French U21 national team, indicating how highly he is rated.

His potential has not gone unnoticed either, with some elite teams around Europe taking note of the striker, with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid among them. The Blues have been scouting Mohamed-Ali for some time now, having been impressed by his pedigree at such a young age.

Chelsea have always had the reputation of swooping for young and talented individuals before loaning them out for a few campaigns and then flipping them for a profit. However, that is no more the trend, with teenagers from the academy getting a fair shot at senior football at Chelsea.

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