Chelsea have been in top form in recent times and are a formidable side. The Blues have also been able to make it to the Champions League semifinals. They are also faring well in the Premier League, currently sitting in the top four. However, they are keen to add more players to their ranks in the summer.
Although, Chelsea have been reportedly targeting many top stars of late. They are also looking to sign raw young talent in the summer. One such youngster Chelsea are targeting is Kays Ruiz-Atil. The 18-year-old is a budding midfielder for Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain. The youngster was able to rise above through the lower ranks and even made a first-team debut under Thomas Tuchel’s PSG.
However, he has not been able to find a role in the squad recently. Since he was not willing to extend his current contract with PSG, which is due at the end of the season. Ruiz-Atil is looking forward to leaving the French side in the summer to start fresh elsewhere. Many clubs are currently tailing the youngster understanding his current situation.
Chelsea are reportedly at the forefront to sign the young talent. However, there is tough competition from La Liga side FC Barcelona. The Spanish side are the boyhood club of Ruiz-Atil, which he left back in 2015. Barcelona are keen to re-sign the youngster in the summer, however, Chelsea are not going to ease down either.
Chelsea lead the race:
Thomas Tuchel has a very good understanding of Kays Ruiz-Atil from his time as PSG boss. The German was the one to provide the youngster a chance to shine in the higher ranks. Hence, he is keen to lure in the youngster to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea, unlike in the past are nurturing young talent in recent times.
The Blues, up until a few years back, made it a thing to sign young players. Only to send them on an endless loan cycle until they eventually left the club. However, in recent times the west London side have been focusing on prioritising youngsters. We have seen players like Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount crack into the main squad.
Kays Ruiz-Atil is also a player who has the potential to become a regular for the Blues. His time with Tuchel in France will also help him cope well with the new league. According to Transfer Market Web, Chelsea are holding advanced talks to sign the youngster in the summer.
They have already got in touch with the player and his representatives. With the player becoming a free agent in the summer. Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 18-year-old among the tight competition. But with a couple more months left until the transfer window, things can take a turn soon.
Barcelona keeping close tabs:
Although Chelsea are close to swooping the young midfielder this summer. FC Barcelona are also keeping close tabs on the midfielder. Barcelona have been monitoring Ruiz-Atil’s growth ever since he left La Masia to join PSG. The Catalan side are happy to see the youngster have improved over the years.
Hence, they are hoping to re-sign the youngster when he becomes a free agent. Barcelona have also been generous at giving young talents opportunities to crack to the main squad. We did see players like Oscar Mingueza, Pedri, Illiax Moriba, and so on become regulars this season. Ronald Koeman is keen to center his team around young players with potential.
Hence, they believe that signing Ruiz-Atil back in the summer will benefit them. And also can guarantee that the youngster will also get many opportunities in big games. Ruiz-Atil may also find it easier to adjust to Spanish football than to play in the PL.
However, Chelsea are a few steps ahead of Barcelona to sign the youngster. With Ligue 1 side OGC Nice also tailing the player. With many top clubs looking to sign him, Ruiz-Atil must make the right choice that will benefit him in the long run. The youngster does have enough time to make up his mind ahead of the summer transfer window.