Premier League sides Chelsea and Liverpool are set to do battle in the race to sign Exeter City youngster Ben Chrisene, according to reports from The Sun.
The young midfielder has recently became the youngest player ever to play for the club at the age of only 15, after coming on as a late substitute in their 4-1 defeat to Coventry City in the Carabao Cup.
Exeter manager Matt Taylor has insisted that the youngster has the potential to reach the very top, after impressing for the Grecians in their youth side, but the Devon club could find it difficult to keep hold of him amid latest report.
The Sun claims that Chrisene, after training with Liverpool, has been invited to train with Frank Lampard’s Chelsea, with Southampton and Bayern Munich also understood to be interested.
Chelsea are no strangers to signing players from Exeter, after snapping up Ethan Ampadu from St. James’ Park in 2017 – he held the record of being Exeter’s youngest-ever player before Chrisene.
Ampadu has since thrived at Stamford Bridge, and is now enduring a season-long loan spell with Red Bull Leipzig over in Germany.
Exeter will be hoping to keep hold of the youngster despite not being under a professional contract, meaning that he could well leave for either Anfield or Stamford Bridge for a tribunal fee or compensation fee.
Chrisene looks to be a huge talent, and he is no doubt going to reach the very top in years to come.
He needs to choose his next move carefully – he is at a very good age and has given himself a massive platform to develop as a player, but he needs game-time and needs to keep testing himself in the academies.
Chelsea used to be a terrible place for youngsters to go and play their football, but under Frank Lampard, plenty of young players are getting their chance – just look at Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.