CHELSEA and Atletico Madrid are ready to battle it out to sign Stoke City’s highly-rated youngster Mohamed Sankoh, according to reports.
The striker, 16, has been likened to Inter Milan ace Romelu Lukaku because he boasts similar attributes.
Goal write how the two European giants have been tracking the forward all season after scoring nine and assisting nine at Under-18 level this campaign.
The clubs have even gone as far as holding talks with Sankoh with the possibility of luring him to their academy.
Sankoh joined the Potters from Sparta Rotterdam in 2018 and teamed up with his brother Abdul.
He was also part of the Netherlands side that were crowned Under-17 European Champions.
Stoke will be determined to hold onto one of their best prospects but know problems on the field mean the player could head for the exit door.
They currently sit 17th in the Championship following a tough campaign locked in a relegation battle.
Chelsea will feel they hold an advantage in negotiations because he has the prospect of teaming up with fellow Dutch youngster and friend Ian Maatsen.
With Frank Lampard also at the helm, the boss is keen to give his youngsters an opportunity to develop with the first team.
He has given eight debuts this season including to the likes of Billy Gilmour and Fikayo Tomori.