Atletico Madrid have reportedly joined Chelsea in the pursuit of exciting Angers attacking sensation Mohamed-Ali Cho this summer.
According to a report from Calciomercato, the race to sign Mohamed-Ali Cho is slowly taking shape. The 18-year-old French forward has emerged as one of the most in-demand young players in Ligue 1, with multiple clubs, including Eintracht Frankfurt, Marseille and AC Milan, prepared to prise him away from Angers after the end of the season.
Chelsea have been in contention to sign Cho as well, but it appears they are set to face stiff competition from several clubs across Europe. If the likes of Eintracht, Marseille and Milan were not enough, the youngster has appeared on the radar of La Liga champions Atletico Madrid as well, meaning we could be in for a tug of war this summer.
Atletico Madrid’s interest in the player comes in the midst of uncertainty surrounding the future of several star players in the team. Veteran striker Luis Suarez is set to pack his bags when his contract runs out at the end of the season, whereas Joao Felix has emerged as a potential target for Barcelona.
Diego Simeone has never historically shied away when it comes to taking his chances with a young forward. But in Mohamed-Ali Cho, he could find himself a proper talent who has mesmerised Ligue 1 with his skills in possession, coupled with his pace and dynamism in the final third.
Although a tally of just two goals in 28 league appearances is quite underwhelming for a striker, at the age of just 18, the Angers attacking sensation has time on his side and can be groomed into an exciting forward in the years to come.
Chelsea realise his potential as well and remain alert to his situation at Angers. The Blues are likely targeting the teenager as a potential alternative in the goalscoring department, as they look to offload Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku in the summer.
However, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid cannot undermine the competition from other clubs, including Marseille and Eintracht as they are in a position to offer the 18-year-old regular game-time. It could be vital for his immediate progress, so it won’t be surprising to see the French prospect opting to join a relatively lesser-known club in order to further improve himself as a footballer, before taking the big leap in his career.