Chelsea are concerned that signing Angel Gomes from Manchester United will disrupt the progress of several young players at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.
Gomes, who made his United debut in 2017 aged just 16, has since signed a contract but that deal ends at the end of June.
Reports have indicated at the Red Devils’ efforts to tie the London-born teenager down to a new deal but those efforts could be in vain, with talks thought to have reached an impasse.
Amid the speculation surrounding Gomes’ future, Chelsea have been linked with a move, with claims suggesting that Blues boss Frank Lampard is willing to give the youngster a role in his first team.
Chelsea will be obliged to pay a compensation package for Gomes – as opposed to a transfer fee – if they do sign him and the uncertainty over the cost is concerning Chelsea insiders, according to Goal.
The source adds that the Blues are worried about the impact Gomes’ arrival could have on the budding youngsters vying to earn a place in the Chelsea side.
Billy Gilmour, 18, announced himself as an exciting talent before the season was halted with impressive performances in his first Premier League start – a 4-0 win over Everton – and an FA Cup win over Liverpool.
Lampard also gave a first-team debut to midfielder Tino Anjorin, also 18, against Everton and he is another who could be affected.
There was thought to be optimism from inside Old Trafford that Gomes would follow suit after fellow youngster Tahith Chong signed extended terms at the club.
The prospect of breaking through under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a real one for Gomes, with Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams both enjoying first-team success this term.
In other news, reported United target Adrien Rabiot has reportedly gone on strike after having his Juventus wages cut.