Chelsea are in touch with Arsenal youth striker Khayon Edwards in case they can sign him in the summer, a report has revealed.
Khayon Edwards currently plays mainly for the Arsenal under-18s team. He has 16 goals from 16 games at that level this season. As such, Arsenal want to reward him with his first professional contract.
He could therefore follow in the footsteps of Bukayo Saka and Folarin Balogun, both of whom have the same agent.
However, Chelsea are putting the groundworks in place to prevent that happening, according to Goal. It is claimed that they are in contact over a possible summer move.
Any such business will depend on whether a takeover of the club can go through in time. But if so, Chelsea will try to strengthen at all levels.
Their academy has had a lot of success in recent years, but this season their under-23 side is in danger of relegation from Premier League 2. If they can bolster the ranks to do better next season, they will.
Much of their strategy will revolve around finding British youngsters to join their academy sides. And they may not have to look too far away from the capital.
Within those plans, they are aiming to accommodate Edwards. It is believed he is a childhood fan of the club, but his decision will be based on his development, rather than any such loyalties.
Three more Premier League sides track Khayon Edwards
Still, Chelsea would be hoping to make an appealing pitch to him. Alternatively, three rival suitors are mentioned: Leeds United, Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion.
In addition, there is interest from the German Bundesliga.
Any of them would only have to pay compensation, rather than a transfer fee, to take Edwards in the summer. That is, unless Arsenal can convince the 18-year-old to commit to professional terms with them.
Chelsea could fancy their chances, though, if their takeover process unfolds in time. After that, they will be keen to attract attacking talent to the club such as Edwards.
The report also reminds that Armando Broja, currently out on loan with Southampton, could have a chance of being recalled in the summer. He has proven to be more first-team ready, but Chelsea are ready to add the next items to the conveyer belt when it will be possible.
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Premier League Gives Reason Why Jordan Ayew Was Not Sent Off Against Everton
Jordan Ayew’s tackle on Anthony Gordon during Everton’s game against Crystal Palace was described as “reckless”, but was not believed to have warranted a red card through VAR.
The Blues found themselves 2-0 down at the break thanks to a header from Jean-Philippe Mateta and a strike from Ayew himself, just a couple of minutes after a hugely contentious challenge.
Right in front of the two dugouts, the Palace forward scythed down his opponent in what looked like a scissor motion.
Everton’s players were incensed and instantly surrounded referee Anthony Taylor. However, the official quickly had a yellow card in his hand and cautioned the Palace man.
The ECHO understands the decision was assessed by VAR Mike Dean, but it was decided that it did not meet the threshold for a red card. It was described as “reckless” which is classed as a yellow card offence.
This adds to a host of decisions that Everton have felt aggrieved by over the course of the season, including most recently a decision to not award Richarlison a penalty against Brentford shortly before Jarrad Branthwaite was handed a red card.
Billy Sharp Headbutt Gets Nottingham Forest Fan Arrested
A Nottingham Forest fan who headbutted Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp during a pitch invasion has been jailed for 24 weeks and been handed a 10-year football banning order, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said on Thursday.
Robert Biggs, 30, invaded the pitch after Forest won their Championship playoff semifinal against United and made a beeline for Sharp, who was standing by the touchline before he was knocked to the ground.
A 10-year football banning order is maximum length available to the courts.
The CPS authorised charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Biggs pleaded guilty.
“This was an extremely serious and unprovoked assault with a professional footballer standing at the side of the pitch left requiring stitches,” Marianne Connally from the CPS said.
“Biggs has soured what should have been an incredible moment for the club and its fans. As a result of his actions, he won’t be able to enjoy seeing his club compete in the Premier League should Forest win the Championship playoff final.”
Sharp, who spent a season on loan at Forest, said he would not let one “scumbag” ruin his respect for the club’s fans.
“One mindless idiot ruined what was an unbelievable night of football,” Sharp wrote on Twitter.
Forest beat United on penalties to set up a Championship playoff final against Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium on May 29.