EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea lead charge to sign non-league midfield talent

Chelsea are leading the chase to sign non-league starlet Reece Wylie, sources have told TEAMtalk.

The 17-year-old is a midfielder who has come through the ranks at Aldershot and has been earning rave reviews for their Under-19s side.

Wylie has caught the eye with the Shots’ youth side and has earned an England call-up with their Under-17s squad.

Now a number of Premier League and Championship clubs have made approaches to Aldershot in a bid to take the highly-rated youngster off their hands.

But our sources have indicated that it is Chelsea who are in pole position to land him in a deal that could net his side a six-figure windfall.

The Blues are no strangers to bringing in the best young talents around and regularly loan their fledglings across Europe to help them make the breakthrough and to ascertain which are good enough to make in into their first-team thinking.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s Paper Talk claims the Blues are targeting a big-money summer raid on Barcelona for one of their regulars and in order to solve what has become a problem position for Frank Lampard.