In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, the Blues are linked with a German defender while a Blue who spent the season in Germany speaks about the experience.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Chelsea eye Dortmund teenager
According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea have taken an interest in Borussia Dortmund defender Nnamdi Collins but face competition for the 16-year-old from Manchester City.
Citing a report by German newspaper Bild, the Standard suggests the Blues are ahead of City in the race to sign Collins and have already established a £2million transfer package for the youngster who has just one year remaining on his Dortmund contract.
‘Despite not yet making his first team debut for Dortmund, Collins is widely regarded as one of their top prospects - and Germany's as well,’ adds the report.
‘He has established himself as a regular starter for Dortmund's Under-17 side this season, making 21 appearances prior to the season's shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, scoring four goals. To add to his already impressive resume, Collins also captains the Germany Under-16 team.’
The report adds some information about the pacey and well-built teenager.
‘At just 16 years old, Collins stands at 6'1" and can reportedly run 30 metres in only 3.8 seconds,’ it states.
‘Clearly, pace and power are crucial components of his game. However, according to Talent Hunter, the right-footed defender likes to advance with the ball from the back, is confident in possession and is a threat from set-pieces.’
‘With Collins' pace, power, aerial ability and confidence on the ball, the German certainly sounds a player that fits the mould of a Frank Lampard team.’
Ampadu doesn’t regret Leipzig loan
Ethan Ampadu has told The Athletic he made the right decision to join RB Leipzig on loan this season despite his lack of first-team opportunities at the German Bundesliga club.
The Wales international made only seven appearances for Leipzig before the season was halted in March but believes he has benefitted from the experience.
‘There’s been a lot of frustration at times. However, I’ve learned a lot through those frustrations which will only help me later in my career,’ said the 19-year-old.
‘I’ve not played as many games as I’d have liked to but in the games I’ve played in, I think I’ve done reasonably well. That’ll give me confidence, but I’ve things to learn from.
‘If I’m honest, it’s not been as good as I hoped, not all that I wanted it to be. But I hope technically I’ve improved and, tactically, I’ve now played under another manager. So I’ve learned another style of football and how another manager thinks football should be played.
‘Of course I’d have liked to have stayed with Chelsea, but for this season it was the best decision for me and I stick by that.
‘I don’t regret coming out here and having these experiences.’
Blues take interest in Sankoh
Goal.com reports Chelsea are competing with Atletico Madrid to sign Stoke City forward Mohamed Sankoh, who has been likened to Romelu Lukaku.
The Dutch youngster has nine goals and nine assists for the Potters at Under-18 level this season and is considered the hottest property in the Championship club’s academy.
‘Both Chelsea and Atletico have had talks with the 16-year-old, who won the European Under-17 Championship with the Netherlands in 2019 alongside Chelsea's Ian Maatsen,’ the report adds.
‘The youngster, whose physical attributes and prolific strike-rate have prompted comparisons to former Chelsea forward Lukaku, is also eligible to represent Sierra Leone.
‘Sankoh signed for Stoke from Sparta Rotterdam in 2018, alongside his brother Abdul, having featured for the Dutch side as a youth player.’