Chelsea are keeping close tabs on Villarreal attacker Yeremy Pino as contract negotiations with Mason Mount continue.

According to Daily Telegraph, Chelsea have identified Villarreal attacker Yeremy Pino as a potential candidate to replace Mason Mount should the Englishman fail to pen fresh terms at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old came through the ranks at Chelsea before earning his big break from Frank Lampard. Mount has since developed into a key player for the Blues and is more often than not a regular starter.

Mount currently has 20 months left on his deal at Chelsea. But while negotiations have been ongoing between him and Chelsea for a long time, the player is yet to pen a fresh deal. The Blues appear keen to cover all bases and are looking for potential replacement should the worst come to pass.

One of the players in their sights is Villarreal winger Yeremy Pino. The 19-year-old Spanish prodigy is a serious talent who has thrived under Unai Emery at the Estadio de La Ceramica. This has seen him attract attention from several top clubs, with Chelsea, too, now joining the list.

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The Spaniard played a role in the Yellow Submarines’ surprise run to last season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Still just 19, he has time to refine his game and develop into a truly world-class star in the years to come.

Yeremy will cost Chelsea over £40 million and is now a full international for Spain. The longer the Blues wait to make their move, the more likely he will cost more. Moving fast could see Chelsea land themselves an upcoming match-winner on the cheap.

Mount will resume negotiations with Chelsea in the coming months, and he could yet pen a fresh deal that will secure his future at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future. Whether a move for Yeremy is dependent on Mount leaving remains to be seen.

The Chelsea playmaker has the favour of new manager Graham Potter. The performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend showed once again why the 23-year-old is so highly rated. A proven Premier League player, his best is yet to come. Chelsea will hope that those illustrious year will occur in the famous Blue of the Bridge.

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