Chelsea have been thwarted in their attempts to sign Ajax youngster Gabriel Misehouy, with the Dutch club breaking their own rules to keep the 15-year-old.
That’s according to De Telegraaf , who explain the Blues, alongside Manchester City, had made an attempt to lure the talented midfielder to Stamford Bridge.
They explain that there has been a ‘wave of relief’ at De Toemkomst after they reached a verbal agreement for Misehouy to stay at the club.
That has prevented ‘one of the greatest talents’ at Ajax’s fabled youth academy from leaving early, with Chelsea and Manchester City among a host of European clubs trying to lead him away.
The Premier League duo are said to have ‘made an attempt’ to recruit the midfielder, and there was an extra danger for Ajax because Misehouy’s father has an English residence permit and so Brexit restrictions would not have applied.
That clearly tempted both Chelsea and Manchester City to make their move, but Ajax, ‘shaken’ by Bryan Brobbey’s move to Leipzig, elected to fight hard to keep him.
According to De Telegraaf’s information, Marc Overmars intervened personally and broke the club’s ‘fixed salary’ scale for youngsters in order to tie Misehouy to a new three-year deal.
In the end, the youngster and his agents at ICM/Stellar agreed to accept the ‘generous offer’ and keep him out of the clutches of the Premier League duo.