MLS starlet linked with surprise move to Chelsea

By | March 2, 2021

Chelsea and Manchester United are two clubs keen on signing Toronto FC sensation Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty.

The 16-year-old is highly rated in Canada and has caught the attention of multiple European Giants.

Manchester City have taken a liking to the talent, who made his senior team debut in the MLS last year.

And manager Pep Guardiola is said to have sanctioned the move, with the Citizens enquiring about Marshall-Rutty’s availability.

The Premier League trio face a transfer battle with Juventus and Bayern Munich also registering an interest, according to Tuttosport.

He may have a big decision to make soon. It’ll be intriguing to see how Jahkeele develops over the next few seasons, and what type of right wide attacker he is moulded into.

Marshall-Rutt’s development may be determined by where he ends up – and which head coach signs him.

All the clubs keen have a fine track record of nurturing young talent – it is a zone Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Thomas Tuchel have particularly focused on.

Marshall-Rutty penned his first professional contract at 14 when he joined the Reds’ second team. He clearly has potential and could have a big future ahead of him, starting this summer.

Elsewhere, Chelsea transfer target Erling Braut Haaland is happy to stick with Borussia Dortmund for another year before potentially quitting the club during next summer’s transfer market, according to European football expert Mark Langdon.

“He’s very smart and very patient about the moves that he’s already made. He could’ve gone to a bigger league and team than Borussia Dortmund, albeit they are a big one themselves,” Mark told talkSPORT.

“He recognised it was too big a jump to go to a Real Madrid type of team from Salzburg. He went to Salzburg, then Dortmund, I reckon he’ll spend another year or so there. They’ll get what they need out of him and then he can be on his way for that contract release clause.”