EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea agree deal for Stoke star despite transfer ban

Date published: Tuesday 7th May 2019 7:50 - Robert McCarthy

Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea

TEAMtalk understands that Chelsea have agreed a deal to land Stoke City starlet Mohamed Akandji this summer.

The 17-year-old defender only joined Stoke last summer from French side Amiens, but he has made an immediate impact for their Under-18 side.

A number of clubs were quick to identify the Ivory Coast-born stopper, but we can reveal he is heading to Stamford Bridge – despite the club’s current transfer ban still being in place.

Chelsea, who are also understood to be interested in his team-mate Kieran Coates, have been able to land Akandji via the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) – which also leaves Stoke virtually helpless to prevent him from leaving.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard, meanwhile, could hand in a transfer request in order to push through a summer move to Real Madrid, reports in Spain claimed. Read the full story here…


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