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Chelsea are set to battle Barcelona for the services of Germany wonder kid Atakan Akkaynak, according to the Express.
Akkaynak is regarded as one of Germany’s brightest prospects and he is already on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Barcelona have been keeping tabs on the youngster for over a year but Chelsea have now joined them in the race to sign the midfielder, after watching him in action recently.
The midfielder who captained the German under-18 in last year’s U-18 championships, is eligible to play for Turkey as well as Germany as he hold dual citizenship of both countries.
Chelsea have been impressed by his talents and will now make a concrete bid to sign him, with Leverkusen reportedly willing to sell.
Despite the midfielder still waiting for his first team debut, it is believed he will fetch his club a considerable amount of money.
Considering the stature of clubs said to be interested in Akkaynak, Bayer know they can’t compete financially with the player’s suitors and are resigned to losing him.
Chelsea have taken special interest in young talents in recent years. Just this summer, Kylian Hazard and Ethan Ampandu was signed to strengthen the development squad. Akkaynak could well be the next to arrive.