Manchester United, Newcastle United vying for Yahya Idrissi

Manchester United and Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing 16-year-old Chelsea youth sensation Yahya Idrissi in the summer transfer window.

According to a report by the Daily Mail, Manchester United and Newcastle United are interested in Yahya Idrissi. The 16-year-old midfield sensation might leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window, with the West London club eager to tie him to a professional contract. Meanwhile, the two Premier League clubs are ready to secure his services.

Who is Yahya Idrissi?

Yahya Idrissi is the latest highly-rated wonderkid to rise in prominence in Chelsea’s fabled youth division. The academy has produced several world-class players like John Terry, Jimmy Greaves, and Graeme Le Saux, among others. Meanwhile, recent years have seen a smooth pathway for academy graduates.

Players like Reece James, Mason Mount, and Tammy Abraham have established a foothold in the first-team squad at Chelsea. That has helped the West London club sign many promising prospects, with Idrissi joining them from West Ham United in January 2021.

Since then, the Moroccan youth international has come leaps and bounds at Chelsea, becoming a regular at the under-18 level for his club and country. However, the Blues are scrambling to tie Idrissi to a professional contract, with the situation alerting well-known outfits like Manchester United and Newcastle United.

What next for Idrissi?

Manchester United have a rich history of paving a smooth pathway to first-team football for academy graduates every year. The latest highly-rated prospect to establish a foothold in the senior team is Kobbie Mainoo. Meanwhile, the Red Devils remain active in the market, with Camron Mpofu closing in on moving to Manchester United.

As for Newcastle United, they have focused on a youth-driven project while signing players around their peak. The Magpies are completing a permanent move for Chelsea prodigy Lewis Hall, with Yankuba Minteh and Garang Kuol recently joining the Tyneside outfit. Yahya Idrissi has now emerged as a viable target for Newcastle United.

Manchester United and Newcastle United will eagerly wait to see the developments surrounding Chelsea’s talks with Idrissi over a professional contract. It will be interesting to see where the Moroccan youth international plies his trade next season.

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