Leeds United are going head-to-head with Premier League leaders Manchester City over the signing of wonderkid Naanol Daniel Tesfaye Chimdessa, according to Swedish publication, Njus.
The 14-year-old moved from Ethiopia to play for IF Stockholm’s academy, before joining Vasalund IF following his release from the capital side.
Watched by several English clubs as of late, Chimdessa is now effectively a free agent having left Vasalund in November, and could easily make the switch to England by virtue of holding a Swedish passport.
Touted by the Ethiopian FA as a potential future star of the national side, the Africans have contacted the player in regards to an appearance at the CAF African Nationals U17 tournament, where he will compete alongside players three years his senior.
Leeds will now compete with City to acquire the player, who could be tempted by the Citizens brand new £200 million Football Academy.
Talented teenagers are a dream headline for the Press, and Chimdessa is sure to capture the imagination as fans clamber to discover more about this bright talent.
Chimdessa has massive potential, and with Leeds now possessing a strong scouting network in Scandinavia, has been highlighted as a potential addition to the club’s academy.
City’s interest will be a blow to the Whites, with the league leaders able to offer serious benefits and world class training facilities at their new facility, but Leeds have history on their side, having produced a plethora of fine players from their youth set-up.
The decision will ultimately fall to Chimdessa and his family.
Leeds fans, do you feel your club is a big enough draw to stave off City’s interest? Have your say below…
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