Chelsea face competition from Real Madrid in pursuit of young defender

Chelsea have initiated discussions with Boca Juniors for the promising teenage defender Aaron Anselmino, as the club continues its strategic investment in young talent.

Following the success of Real Madrid’s recruitment of South American stars like Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, Chelsea’s new ownership, led by Todd Boehly, is actively scouting the region for the next big name.

Anselmino, a 19-year-old center-back, has caught the eye of Chelsea scouts with his performances in Argentina. Despite having only ten first-team appearances due to an injury in May, Anselmino’s potential has made him a hot prospect.

Sources close to the negotiations suggest that while Chelsea are in the early stages of discussions, reports of a £17.2 million offer remain unconfirmed.

This move aligns with Chelsea’s recent pattern of recruiting young talent from South America. The club has already signed Brazilian youngsters Andrey Santos, Angelo Gabriel, and Deivid Washington, with future arrivals including Willian Estevao and Kendry Paez from Ecuador.

Anselmino’s addition would bolster Chelsea’s defensive options, as the club looks to build a squad capable of competing at the highest levels in the future.

The youngster, who celebrated his 19th birthday in April, is highly regarded within Boca Juniors’ ranks and has shown maturity beyond his years in the limited opportunities he has had on the pitch.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are also managing their outgoing transfers smartly. Ian Maatsen, after an impressive loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, is set to join Aston Villa for a fee exceeding the £35 million clause in his Dortmund loan.

This move ensures Maatsen remains in the Champions League, reflecting Chelsea’s ability to develop and profit from young talent.

The potential acquisition of Anselmino highlights Chelsea’s commitment to nurturing young players, hoping to discover the next football superstar.

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