Reds and Blues are ready to lose out on the signature of Exeter midfielder Ben Chrisene to fellow PL side Aston Villa. The Villains have also bested Bayern Munich’s efforts to sign U16 England international. Ben became Exeter’s youngest footballer ever when he featured for the Grecians in a Carabao Cup tie with Coventry last August.
Ben has turned down League Two outfit Exeter’s offer of a professional deal unless compensation is agreed a tribunal will determine the midfielder’s transfer fee.
This is certainly shaping up to be a major coup for Villa, Chelsea boss is personally tried to persuade Chrisene to join the London club, whilst Jurgen Klopp invited the talent to be a VIP guest at a Liverpool game. Ben even turned out for Bavarians youth team at one point last campaign.
Aston Villa have put severe focus into their academy since their mega-rich owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens took over, with the club appointing some of the best youth staff in the Midlands recently.
Aston Villa also brought Louie Barry back to England from Blaugrana in winter after the midfielder’s short stint with the La Liga giants following his departure from West Brom. Ben has made a total of five appearances for Exeter this campaign, all of which came off the bench.
Ben is capped at Under-15s and 16s level for England. Exeter lost in the playoff final this campaign after finishing 5th in League Two. The side are close to losing another one of their top talents only a couple of years after Blues snatched Ethan Ampadu from their ranks.