Chelsea closely monitoring 17-year-old promising midfielder

Chelsea have expressed interest in Luka Hyrylainen. The Finnish midfielder currently plies his trade for Eintracht Frankfurt, but the Bundesliga club are facing a battle to keep hold of his services amid interest from a host of top teams around Europe.

The Blues are among the teams keeping close tabs on Hyrylainen, whose current contract at Eintracht expires at the end of the next campaign. Chelsea are hoping to land him once he turns 18 in August, thus making Luka eligible to receive a professional deal in the UK.

The Blues have already started planning for the campaign ahead after confirming their new owners, led by the Todd Boehly consortium. Their transfer ban should be lifted for good, and the club will be able to target new footballers while holding negotiations over the renewal of existing stars.

The Blues are expected to go after top footballers in the summer, but Chelsea are equally keen on bolstering their ranks in the youth department as it has proven to become a crucial avenue for producing their first-team stars in recent years.

A defensive midfielder by trade, the Finnish midfielder is a sought-after prospect in Germany, having made a huge impression with his consistent displays in U19 Bundesliga divisions. Although he has been a part of the Eintracht setup since last summer, he is poised to earn a call-up to the senior team at the German club this summer.