Andre Villas-Boas’ Chelsea are continuing their search for the globe’s most promising young talent by scouting Universidad de Chile 17-year-old Igor Lichnovsky but face competition from Inter Milan, Goal.com have reported.
Jorge Alvial, the Blues Chief International Scout for the Americas, has continued to monitor the young defenders progress with the Chilean club and has revealed Chelsea’s interest. Inter have also declared their interest as they look to freshen up an ageing squad.
Lichnovsky joined Universidad as a 10 year-old and has developed through the ranks of their youth academy. The tall centre-back made his first-team debut for the Primera Division club in a friendly match against Alianza Lima on 8th October 2011 and is now regarded as one of South America’s biggest talents in his age category.
Having made a handful of appearances for ‘U’, Lichnovsky also broke into the Chile Under-17 National Squad and featured at the South American Championships in Ecuador earlier this season.
Alvial spoke of Chelsea’s interest in the 17-year-old to Chilean tabloid La Tercera, according to Goal.com.
“Igor is a very good player. We are keeping tabs on him and have added his name to our shortlist. He is one of the players we are closely following,”
“We are not in a rush, though, and we realise that transfers from South America to England are not easy. For example, I scouted Franco Di Santo and it took him six months to adapt when we signed him for Chelsea.”
An advantage for Chelsea if they wish to take a further step in bringing the bright teenage prospect to the Premiership is that Lichnovsky holds a Polish passport so any UK work permit problems would be avoided.
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