Chelsea have reportedly lodged a £1 million bid for Bristol City youngster Antoine Semenyo, who is also a target for Manchester United.
Antoine Semenyo is a wanted man. While the Bristol City youngster is on the radar of several top-flight clubs, Chelsea have reportedly gone one step further and tabled a £1 million bid for the star, according to Daily Mail. Semenyo is currently impressing on loan at League Two outfit Newport County, with Manchester United interested in the 19-year-old as well.
This is Semenyo’s maiden senior season and he has taken to the rigours of League Two football rather well. The forward’s output though, could be questioned, with the Bristol City star managing just 6 goals and 2 assists in 31 senior appearances for Newport County.
But, his work-rate and potential have really shined through, which has reportedly fallen under the scanner of several top-flight scouts. Manchester United and Chelsea are among a number of clubs tracking Semenyo.
Chelsea have created a reputation for raking in budding youngsters from different regions and helping them develop their skills before pocketing a decent profit. While the entire process has raised many questions, there is little to doubt, speaking from the monetary side of things.
Manchester United have always endeared themselves to their fans as a club for building up youngsters for the first-team at Old Trafford. In the last five years or so, the rate of youngsters coming through and establishing themselves in the first-team setup may have worsened.
But, there are examples of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard while the ones who could not break through have managed to create a career for them within the Premier League and the lower leagues. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm now, the youngsters are getting more of a look-in, which will only encourage Semenyo to choose Manchester United, should it come to that.
Chelsea are perhaps trying to avoid the exact thing, with the Blues tabling a £1 million bid for the 19-year-old. Bristol City reportedly want £2 million, which means the two teams are not much far apart in terms of their valuations.
Manchester United are currently trailing Chelsea in the race to sign Semenyo. The Bristol City youngster might just be heading to Stamford Bridge, which in turn could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, what with the current forward crisis the club is undergoing.