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Arsenal & Chelsea Among Clubs Eyeing Kongolo
Despite the transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea are tracking Rodney Kongolo.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are among the clubs keeping a close eye on Feyenoord’s teenage sensation Rodney Kongolo, according to Sky Sports News.
The report claims the highly-rated midfielder is the latest player to come through the Dutch clubs famed youth academy set-up and has attracted interest from the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all said to be keen on luring the 15-year-old to England.
All three clubs have raided Feyenoord in the past with Arsenal taking Kyle Ebecilio to the Emirates, City signed Karim Relik while Chelsea have taken both Jeffrey Bruma and Nathan Ake to Stamford Bridge in recent years.
The Dutch outfit are desperate to keep hold of one of their most promising youngsters but are powerless to prevent Kongolo being poached by Premier League teams as he’s too young to be tied down to a professional contract and is free to move clubs as he wishes, with only minor compensation being paid to the Eredivisie side.
Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel has confirmed they’re aware of the growing interest in Kongolo but insist no official offer has been made by any club.
“Our youth players are being followed, we are aware of that.
“But we are not aware of any serious interest in Rodney. He is only 15 years old and no official contact has been made with us regarding his availability.” van Geel is quoted as saying by Sky Sports
What do you make of the rules regarding the ‘poaching’ of young talent? Should they be changed to offer more protection to developing clubs such as Feyenoord? Get involved in the comments section below.