While the rest of Europe were busy signing players this summer, Chelsea had to sit back and make do with what they have.
The Blues are currently under a transfer ban, having been punished by FIFA for breaking the rules on signing foreign players under the age of 18.
It seems the whole scenario has not dampened their desire to hoover up young talent from around Europe, however, as it seems they currently have their eye on a 16-year-old Spanish starlet.
Radio Marca Lanzarote report Chelsea are keen on Las Palmas youngster Pedri and are one of two clubs, alongside Barcelona, who have ‘moved strongly’ for the 16-year-old.
Pedri has been enjoying a strong pre-season with the LaLiga 2 side, and that has earned him attention from around Europe.
The report states that the ‘great clubs of Europe’ are all ‘marvelling’ at him and several even went to watch him in Gran Canaria last weekend.
Chelsea and Barcelona are currently at the front of the queue, with both keen to sign up ‘one of the great promises’ of Spanish football before his value skyrockets.
The interested parties are all aware Las Palmas are in something of a crisis at this moment in time and need money for signings. Selling Pedri would therefore ‘unlock’ the situation.
It is believed a fee of around €10m would get a deal done, which is a fee that a big club such as Chelsea would have no problem paying.
They would not be able to register Pedri until next summer, however, so perhaps a deal that sees them pay upfront and leave Pedri with Las Palmas on loan until next summer is one that would suit all parties.