Chelsea have this week been linked with a pair of teenagers from Italy and Spain respectively, with deals to secure the signature of both said to be close.
On Monday, Italian website TuttoB.com – the Serie B-specific arm of well-known transfer speculation outlet TuttoMercatoWeb – noted that the Blues have moved to sign Pescara goalkeeper Luca Savelloni for some €2m.
On Wednesday, meanwhile, ElCentroCampista.com via Spanish website Informacion.es reported that striker Ashford Dawkins is currently on trial with the reserve team at Cobham and is close to a €150,000 move from Hércules CF.
Dawkins, who has English family but lives in Alicante, used to be a part of Charlton Soccer Espana and was affiliated with the Addicks. He has 8 goals for Hércules’ Juvenil team this season and is described by one of his coaches as “very strong, powerful and fast”. He has previously been linked with a move to Valencia and has been involved with the Spanish Under-19 setup.
Savelloni, meanwhile, is the current Italian Under-17 starting goalkeeper and plays for the club’s Primavera (Under-20) side. The Daily Mail have reported the deal as having been finalised yet concrete information on it is hard to come by; but Chelsea are believed to be in the marker for a more experienced young goalkeeper to share reserve team duties with Jamal Blackman next season.
Polish stopper Dominik Dyk – who was playing second division football aged 15 – had a series of trials over the winter period, but has perhaps been overlooked in favour of Savelloni.
Keep an eye on TheChels.net and on Twitter @chelseayouth for all the latest news on the pair.