Chelsea given green light to sign 18-year-old French midfielder

The London giants are well-positioned to clinch the signing of PSG starlet Kays Ruiz-Atil, who is also being pursued by Barcelona. U19 France international has been with the Parisians since 2015, whom he joined after a six-year stint at Blaugrana’s famed La Masia youth academy.

Having risen through the ranks at PSG, Kays broke into the first team this campaign under ex-coach Thomas Tuchel, going on to play seven games. However, Ruiz-Atil has been frozen out of the first-team picture since the turn of the year after he and the Parisians failed to come to an agreement over a new deal.

Currently training with the reserves, the 18-year-old teenager will his existing deal run out at the end of the ongoing campaign and is all set for a free transfer when that happens. This has prompted interest from several teams around Europe, with the London giants among those looking to snap up the French midfielder.

The London giants have always shown propensity to sign up talented teenagers from across Europe and while those players were usually farmed out on loan season after campaign until they eventually left the club, things have changed over the past couple of years.

The likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham have all gone on to successfully make the grade from the academy to the first-team while the likes of Billy Gilmour, Tino Anjorin are some more among many others waiting in the wings to make a splash.

So, the interest in Kays shouldn’t come as a surprise considering his talent and the fact that current boss Tuchel has seen it first-hand and gave him his debut at PSG.