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Chelsea plot next long-term transfer for homegrown winger wanted by Man City, Newcastle

Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Samuel Iling-Junior

Chelsea are continuing their focus on the future by targeting a deal for Juventus winger Samuel Iling-Junior, according to a report.

Iling-Junior previously spent nine years in Chelsea’s academy before leaving for Juventus in 2020. This season, he has graduated into the Serie A side’s first team, making 11 appearances in all competitions so far.

The 19-year-old has provided two assists, mainly operating from the left-hand side. Thanks to his progress, he recently earned a contract extension with Juventus until 2025.

However, Iling-Junior is now attracting interest from back home. According to a report from 90min, the Islington-born talent is back on Chelsea’s radar.

Over the past couple of transfer windows, Chelsea have invested in talents for the future. Long-term deals have been presented to the likes of Mykhaylo Mudryk and Noni Madueke on the wings, for example.

Now, there is a chance that Iling-Junior could follow suit by returning to Stamford Bridge. Juventus would not make it easy for them to take him back, though.

Other than Chelsea, Iling-Junior is also said to be of interest to Manchester City and Newcastle United. Two of the wealthiest clubs in the Premier League, they are both keeping the long term in mind as well.

Further afield, Iling-Junior could continue his career in the Bundesliga with either Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund. Both of the German giants showed an interest in him when he was originally leaving Chelsea.

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The report does not mention how much it might cost to buy the England under-20 international. However, Juventus’ current financial concerns might provide some scope for a deal.

It would be against the Old Lady’s wishes, though. With that in mind, they are not going to allow Iling-Junior to leave on the cheap.

Chelsea among contenders to lure Iling-Junior back to England

Samuel Iling Junior Juventus

It is only natural, though, that an English talent playing at a good level abroad will be generating interest from clubs back in the Premier League. He was also linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton back in November.

Iling-Junior will be one to keep an eye on, then, as he continues to develop. For now, he will have to keep making a name for himself, but it looks as if he has the potential to return to the English top flight further down the line.

When the time comes, he will have to consider where he will be able to continue his progress most seamlessly. Regular gametime will be important as he matures, but the competition for places at each of his suitors could be high.

Having begun to establish himself in a side that would be second in Serie A if it wasn’t for a points deduction, though, Iling-Junior might already be showing he is capable of earning gametime at a good level.

Only time will tell what the future holds for him.

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