Report claims Chelsea previously wanted Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe
Chelsea have been credited with previous interest in Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe, who is starting to have an impact at the Emirates Stadium this season.
According to the Mirror, London rivals Arsenal signed Smith Rowe at the age of 10 for their academy and since then he’s come through the youth ranks to eventually break into their first-team.
The report does claim though that the English attacking midfielder previously attracted interest while he was developing.
It is understood that Chelsea, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona were all keen on him, but he had no intention of leaving Arsenal.
Smith Rowe has started back-to-back games in the Premier League in the past week for Arsenal and has added some much-needed creativity to a side that had been massively struggling for form.
The 20-year-old provided an assist in a 3-1 win on Boxing Day against Chelsea and he’s a promising talent that will be hoping to start playing regularly in Mikel Arteta’s side.
Smith Rowe could turn out being one that got away from Chelsea and only time will tell if he reaches his potential, but the Blues have their own string of academy talents they can be proud of.
Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount are currently three Chelsea first teamers shining in the senior side after coming through the academy system at Cobham, and all are a long way ahead of Smith Rowe.