Premier League giants Chelsea are reportedly one of the clubs in contention to sign Charlton Athletic whizkid Mason Burstow.
According to Goal journalist Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea are eyeing a late January swoop for Mason Burstow. The reigning European champions have been closely monitoring the progress of the 18-year-old Charlton Athletic wonderkid for quite some time now and are hoping to snap him up in the January transfer window.
In addition to Chelsea, another unnamed Premier League outfit has expressed the desire to sign Burstow, who currently plies his trade with Charlton’s Under-18 squad. The youngster could be on the move to the top flight prior to Monday’s transfer deadline.
A centre-forward by trade, Burstow has made quite an impression with his performances at Charlton this season. Despite being a member of the club’s youth squad, he has already featured in 14 competitive matches for the senior side this term. He made his competitive debut in the EFL Cup game against Crawley Town back in August.
Seven of his 14 appearances have come in League One this term. The 18-year-old attacker has played a sporadic role in the team lately, most recently starring in the win over Fleetwood Town last week. The teenage prodigy was involved in two FA Cup matches as well, although Charlton Athletic ended up losing to Norwich City in the third round earlier in the month.
Nevertheless, Burstow’s rapid rise to prominence has not gone unnoticed, with Chelsea among the clubs interested in securing his services. The Blues have shown the desire to improve their squad in the youth department this January, notably bringing in Derby County’s defensive talent Dylan Williams.
The Premier League giants have been linked with a move for a few other wonderkids across Europe and beyond, including Endrick, although they are set to face stiff competition from Liverpool and Manchester United in the pursuit of the Brazilian whizkid.
In Burstow, Chelsea could sign yet another young talent prepared to make a mark in professional football in the years to come. Given the club’s struggles in finding a reliable goalscorer in the final third, the youngster may even have a healthy chance of breaking into the senior side in the near future, especially with Timo Werner linked with a potential return to the Bundesliga next summer.