Liverpool are leading in Chelsea in the race to sign Exeter City’s 15-year-old midfielder Ben Chrisene, according to The Sun.
The Reds have reportedly invited Chrisene to play for one of their youth sides this weekend as they look to beat Chelsea to the signature of Exeter City’s latest bright academy product.
Chrisene has followed the likes of Ethan Ampadu, Ollie Watkins and Matt Grimes through the Grecians’ youth system, and he became the youngest ever player for club’s senior side against Coventry back in August.
It is thought this achievement caught the attention of Chelsea boss Frank Lampard who then personally contacted the teenager, while Southampton and Bayern Munich have also reportedly shown an interested in his services.
Chrisene is yet to make his senior league debut for Exeter who are flying high in League Two this term, but it is thought the Devon-based side have accepted Chrisene will soon leave the club as Liverpool lead the chase.
The Grecians are said to be cooperating with a potential deal for Chrisene, but they are insistent on receiving a decent sum of money for the midfielder who they have nurtured through their academy ranks.
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This is a fantastic opportunity for Chrisene to make a Premier League move so early in his career, and there will be very little Exeter can do if the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea come in for his signature.
He would not play senior football for some time if he moved to one of these clubs, but the opportunity to further develop within the academy systems of these clubs will surely serve to propel his development.
The Grecians will hope they are able to receive a respectable fee for Chrisene seeing as they have overseen his development to date, but there is no guarantee this will be the case given he is yet to sign a professional deal at St James Park.