Chelsea set to lose another teenage prospect Ben Elliott

Chelsea set to lose another teenage prospect Ben Elliott

Southampton, Brighton and Brentford have all shown an interested in the teenager who the European champions are keen to tie down to a new long-term deal, says The Sun.

Playmaker Elliott, 18, has been a highly-regarded member of the Blues academy since a schoolboy and has been part of the club's under-23 squad for the past 18 months.

But his current contract runs out at the end of this season and though Chelsea are putting a new deal on the table, they fear he may be tempted to follow a number of other bright talents in making a move elsewhere.

Brighton bagged a bargain when they captured Tariq Lamptey for £5million with the offer of regular first team football for the then 19-year-old.

And Saints themselves forked out £5m last summer for another full-back in Tino Livramento – with both players deciding their development would be stifled by a lack of first team opportunities if they stayed at Chelsea.

So for the two South Coast clubs and Brentford to start showing interest is worrying news for bosses at Stamford Bridge.

Source: Tribalfootball

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