Chelsea and other football clubs have begun working on additions to their squads ahead of summer transfer window to compensate for the January transfer’s low key business.
According to Football Insider, Manchester United are leading the race to sign Blackburn Rovers Ashley Phillips. The Blackburn Rovers youth defender has become one of the most sought-after prospects in the lower division of English football, with multiple top clubs across Premier League keen on securing his services.
However, the likes of Arsenal and Spurs are closely monitoring the progress of the young centre-back at Blackburn. The report suggests Manchester United are in the driver’s seat, identifying the youngster as a priority, as they look to reinforce their ranks in the youth department.
Phillips currently plies his trade for Blackburn’s Under-18 side. At the age of just 16, the defender has impressed the onlookers with his imposing 1.92m frame, coupled with his composure that has seen the player represent the reserve team in the Elite Development League on multiple occasions this season.
Furthermore, the young star has also trained with Blackburn Rovers first-team, at times, which suggests the youngster is prepared to take the next step in his career. It has led to widespread speculations over his future, with Manchester United among the clubs hoping to snap him up in the summer.
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However, a product of the Paris Saint-Germain youth academy, Nkunku has enjoyed immense success since his move to RB Leipzig in the summer of 2019. In just two and a half years, the attacker has racked up 115 competitive appearances, scoring 31 goals while providing 40 assists.
A majority of his goal contributions have come in the new season, with Nkunku being involved in a total of 35 goals in just 31 competitive appearances. Seven of his goals have come in the UEFA Champions League, including a hat-trick against Manchester City.
Finally, the Frenchman’s consistent performances have led to him becoming one of the top-performing attackers in all of Europe. Needless to say, it has also made him one of the sought-after talents in the market, as many believe the player could leave the Bundesliga after the end of the season.