Chelsea ‘weigh up Â£23m move for St Etienne’s 17-year-old midfielder Lucas Gourna-Douath’ after breakthrough season in Ligue 1 and the French side needing to cash in this summer
Chelsea could make a cut-price move for highly-rated St Etienne midfielderÂ Lucas Gourna-Douath in the summer transfer window.
The 17-year-old defensive midfielder has underlined his status as one of the most promising players in France this season with 23 appearances in Ligue 1.
But it is widely expected that the French side will need to raise money through player sales in the summer and one of their latest jewels, Gourna-Douath, could be available for an enticing fee.
Chelsea could make a move for highly-rated St Etienne midfielder Lucas Gourna-Douath
The 17-year-old has impressed in his 23 appearances for St Etienne in Ligue 1 this season
Foot Mercarto report that he has caught the eye at Chelsea and they could make a summer move to bring him to the Premier League.
The French publication adds that St Etienne, who are managed by former Leicester and Southampton boss Claude Puel, would accept a bid in the region of Â£23m and that the player’s representatives are planning for him to depart.
But Chelsea face competition for his signature, with Italian giants AC Milan also linked as well as German outfit RB Leipzig.
Gourna-Douth could follow the path of fellow academy products William Saliba and Wesley Fofana by breaking into the first team of the French side before moving on to the Premier League.Â
Saliba has struggled at Arsenal and is currently on loan at Nice but Fofana has flourished in his debut season at Leicester after a Â£30m transfer.
Gourna-Douath also reportedly caught the eye of Mauricio Pochettino in his first match as PSG manager earlier this year.
Wesley Fofana (right) left St Etienne for the Premier League, joining Leicester last year
PSG were held to a 1-1 draw by St Etienne back in January withÂ Gourna-Douath stealing the show in Pochettino’s return to the dugout.
A potential move to Chelsea could see him become the first signing under new manager Thomas Tuchel.
Currently, the Stamford Bridge side are fifth in the Premier League standings and play rivals Liverpool, who are sixth, at Anfield on Thursday night.Â