Report: Chelsea targeting young star who comes from same footballing school as Lionel Messi

According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea are interested in signing Paris Saint Germain wonder kid Kays Ruiz-Atil in the summer.

The 18-year-old has hardly featured for the French champions this season and is yet to play under new manager Maurizio Pochettino.

Foot Mercato suggested Ruiz-Atil would be departing Paris soon, putting Chelsea on red alert.

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This interest from the Blues is nothing new.

Goal reported that Chelsea was looking to tie up a deal for the talented midfielder last January, even sending their technical adviser Claude Makelele to hold talks with Ruiz-Atil’s representatives.


Nothing occurred from this meeting but Chelsea can now have a second bite at the cherry

Ruiz-Atil was raised in Barcelona’s prestigious La Masia academy, the same footballing school that Lionel Messi was produced in.

He swapped Spain for France in 2015 and has since made good progress in the PSG set-up.

His reputation is widely respected within the Parisian walls, particularly by their former manager Thomas Tuchel.

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Chelsea’s current coach worked with Ruiz-Atil when he was still in charge of PSG and the pair forged a good relationship.

This may be used as a major bargaining chip if the Blues do decide to dive in for Ruiz-Atil’s signature.

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I can’t say I know anything about Ruiz-Atil so it’s difficult to comment whether or not this is a good idea.

What I will propose is that it’s promising Chelsea aren’t solely interested in buying the biggest names on the market.

A largely unknown transfer might do the club a world of good, particularly if it pays off in terms of on the pitch performances.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.