Reims starlet emerged as surprise transfer target for Chelsea

By | February 18, 2022

Borussia Dortmund allegedly become the latest side to join the hunt to sign Reims forward Hugo Ekitike, who is also on Chelsea’s radar.

Newcastle United were also strongly linked with the prospect during the winter transfer window before the Frenchman opted to remain in his homeland for the remainder of the season.

Providing that the Magpies avoid relegation from the Premier League, they are expected to return for the youngster in the summer, potentially having rivals in the Blues, Paris Saint-Germain and West Ham United.

According to Bild, BVB are now also considered as a realistic destination for the Ligue 1 club’s rising star ahead of 2022-23.

The report states that club senior figures are considering whether to sign the 19-year-old as the replacement for the Norway international Erling Braut Haaland, who is expected to leave the Westfalenstadion.

Hugo, contracted to Les rouges et blancs until 2024, has registered nine goals and two assists from his 20 division appearances this season.

Elsewhere, Mason Mount is reportedly set to miss around 14 days of action for Chelsea with an ankle issue suffered in the Club World Cup final last week.

That will see the player miss their PL game against Crystal Palace, as well as the UEFA Champions League last-16 meeting versus Lille at Stamford Bridge.