Manchester City are interested in signing Chelsea academy striker Jude Soonsup-Bell. The youngster has made an impression with his growth since joining the Blues youth academy in 16. He has played six Premier League 2 games for the London outfit so far this season, registering one goal and one assist.
Soonsup-Bell’s performances for the Blues’ youth side also caught the attention of Thomas Tuchel. The former manager handed him his senior team debut in an EFL Cup game against Brentford last season.
The 18-year-old attacker has also received praise for his performances for England’s youth teams. The Chippenham-born attacker is a second-highest goal-scorer for the England U16s, behind Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho, with six goals in seven appearances.
Manchester City in talks to sign Jude Soonsup-Bell
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According to the Evening Standard (via One Football), Manchester City have opened talks to sign young Chelsea attacker Jude Soonsup-Bell. The 18-year-old attacker is in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are interested in extending his deal but are yet to reach an agreement. Losing Soonsup-Bell for free to their direct rivals will be a massive blow for the Blues, given the Englishman’s talent.
Apart from Soonsup-Bell, Charlie Webster is another youngster who could leave the Blues for free after refusing several contract offers in recent months.
Xavi’s stance on signing Jorginho revealed
According to El Nacional (h/t Sportskeeda), Barcelona manager Xavi doesn’t want to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho. The Italy international has been linked heavily with a move to Camp Nou in recent weeks. He is considered as a potential replacement for Sergio Busquests, who is expected to leave the La Liga club next summer.
The Italy international’s agent Joao Santos has also denied claims about his client joining the Catalan club. He said: “I’ve never met Barcelona director Mateu Alemany,” Santos said over a potential move for Jorginho.
Jorginho’s contract with the Blues will expire at the end of the current season. Talks over a new contract have stalled in recent weeks, and he could leave Stamford Bridge for free in 2023.
Jorginho has played a key role for Chelsea since joining from Napoli in the summer window of 2018. He has played 126 Premier League games so far, registering 21 goals and five assists.
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The Italian helped the Blues claim one UEFA Champions League trophy and one UEFA Super Cup among other honours. He won the 2020-21’s UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2021.