Chelsea eye Brighton wonderkid who made pro debut vs Blues aged just 14

Chelsea are eyeing up an ambitious move for Brighton and Hove Albion wonderkid Evan Ferguson in the summer transfer window.

The Republic of Ireland international, 18, was handed his Premier League debut by current Blues manager Graham Potter last season, coming off the bench during a 3-0 defeat to bottom-side Burnley. Since then, Ferguson has taken the division by storm, racking up an impressive three goals in three top-flight starts which has seen him attract interest from several of the division's big hitters.

According to The Sun, London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are both interested in pursuing a move for the teenager, who still has more than four years remaining on his contract.

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The west Londoners are understood to be leading the race for Ferguson, having initially brought the Irishman to the Premier League, Potter is keen to reunite forces once again as the figurehead of the Blues' lacklustre attack. Shot-shy Chelsea have registered just 23 goals in the league this season, only seven sides, all in the bottom half of the table, possess a worse record.

Formerly on the books at Dublin outfit Bohemians, Ferguson bizarrely made his debut against Chelsea in a pre-season friendly. Aged just 14, the scrawny striker was introduced from the sidelines in a 1-1 pre-season draw as Frank Lampard took to the dugout for the first time as Chelsea manager.

Entering the fray in the 67th minute at 1-0 down, Ferguson's neat stepover created the opening for Eric Molloy to net Bohemians' 89th-minute equaliser and a famous draw for the Dubliners.

Now the second youngest player to score and assist in a Premier League match, only behind Michael Owen, head coach Roberto De Zerbi has insisted the teenage forward has a big future ahead of him.

"He could become a great player because he has all the qualities to become a very big striker," said the Brighton boss after Ferguson's starring role in a 4-1 win over Everton.

The south coast side managed to fend off interest from Liverpool to secure his signature back in January 2021 and, after penning a new long-term deal in October, he is tied down until June 2026. And while more of the Premier League's top dogs now circle, Brighton have already shown they know how to handle themselves in the transfer market.


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