Chelsea in the race for St Etienne academy graduate Lucas Gourna-Douath

Chelsea are looking at teenage sensation Lucas Gourna-Douath of St Etienne as the first signing for Thomas Tuchel this summer. According to Foot Mercato, Chelsea are contemplating a move worth £23 million for the young midfielder in the summer, with it being widely believed that St Etienne need to raise funds through player sales. 

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Lucas Gourna-Douath has featured 23 times for the Ligue 1 outfit this season and has also caught the eye of Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino, who saw the player perform against his team in his first game in charge.  

The 17-year-old is being heralded as one of the most talented young midfielders in the league, with regular first-team opportunities coming his way already. The player has a contract until 2023 and could be sold for well over his market value this summer if Chelsea do indeed go for the player. 

AC Milan and RB Leipzig are also being linked with a move for the player, and are scouting the player regularly. However, only Chelsea are considering a concrete move for the player as of right now. The player could follow Leicester City starlet Wesley Fofana and Arsenal’s William Saliba as St Etienne academy graduates who went to the Premier League. 

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Gourna-Douath has featured for the France U17 team 4 times, scoring a goal and could be one for the future with the right guidance and the right attitude. For now, there is still a long way to go for the youngster and the player is surely doing something right if the big clubs are all watching him so closely. 

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