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Chelsea mission sees Liverpool pipped to talent likened to Gareth Bale

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel smiling in May 2021

Chelsea are determined to replenish their youth ranks following a summer exodus, and have taken the first step toward beating Liverpool to a starlet drawing Gareth Bale comparisons, per a report.

Chelsea saw their youth ranks plundered over the summer. Southampton snapped up promising right-back Tino Livramento who has already established himself as a bona-fide Premier League starter.

He joined Myles Peart-Harris and Lewis Bate in leaving for fellow top flight clubs, with the pair joining Brentford and Leeds respectively.

That trio were the headline names from those that left, though they were by no means the only rising stars to depart.

Now, according to Goal, Chelsea are seeking to replenish their ranks by raiding the best and brightest non-league teams have to offer. In their words, the Blues are embarking on a ‘six-month long’ mission.

That has led them to take Wrexham’s 16-year-old Daniel Davies on a one-week trial despite interest from Liverpool.

Brighton and Stoke are also namechecked as admirers, but it is Chelsea who are fronting the queue. Should Davies impress, Chelsea would reportedly not have to pay compensation if a contract is offered.

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Davies operates primarily at left-back and recently made his debut for the Welsh national Under-18 side.

His athletic physique has drawn early comparisons with Bale who also started his career at full-back.

Davies is said to be the subject of ‘heavy’ scouting from other Premier League and Championship clubs. But after a week-long trial was sanctioned by Chelsea, it is they who are in pole position to sign Davies.

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Meanwhile, Blues assistant manager Zsolt Low has admitted that keeping Thomas Tuchel’s stars motivated for a Premier League title challenge is proving tough.

“It’s important to keep Chelsea at that level and improve,” the Hungarian told Digi Sport (via Origo).

“The summer transfer window has been very good. We have been able to get players that we desperately needed and we can move forward with them.

“After the Champions League win, it is very difficult and challenging for our players to stay motivated. But we are constantly working on this.”

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