Chelsea are reportedly interested in securing the signing of former Tottenham academy ace Noni Madueke, who has been impressing at PSV Eindhoven.
According to a report from Spanish publication Fichajes, Chelsea have their sights firmly set on PSV Eindhoven’s teenage sensation and England Under-21 international Noni Madueke, with manager Thomas Tuchel keen on his signing.
Madueke started out at the academy of Crystal Palace before making the switch to the Tottenham Hotspur youth setup in 2014. He spent four years on the North London outfit’s books but departed for PSV in 2018 in search of a clearer pathway into the first-team. And, it has worked out quite well for the 19-year-old in Netherlands.
Madueke made his senior debut for the Dutch giants last year and has since grown into a vital player for the side. To date, he has racked up 50 appearances for PSV, producing a return of 15 goals and nine assists. Six of his goals have come in his 14 appearances in the ongoing campaign.
The former Tottenham Hotspur academy man’s progress in Holland has not gone unnoticed with a number of clubs from across Europe taking note. Indeed, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs themselves are said to be scouting the 19-year-old, who has two caps for the England Under-21 side. Now, Chelsea, too, have entered the fray for his signing.
Chelsea have a plethora of attacking options in their midst, following a huge summer outlay last year that saw the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech arrive at Stamford Bridge. However, the trio has failed to make the kind of impact that was expected on a consistent basis.
In fact, Ziyech has hardly been a regular for Chelsea under Tuchel while Werner has been linked with an exit for quite some time now. Irrespective of whether he stays or leaves, the Blues could do with another attacking presence in their ranks, one who can make key contributions. And, it seems like the manager has Madueke in his sights as an option to bolster the Blues’ forward line.
Madueke signed a new contract with PSV in August earlier this year, extending his stay at the club till 2025. So, he could end up costing Chelsea a premium fee. However, given his age and potential, he could prove to be worth a big investment as he could develop a mainstay in the Chelsea attack for years to come.