Report: Chelsea beat PL rivals to sign Ajax wonderkid Redan

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Daishawn Redan is one of the hottest properties in Europe and it appears he has signed for Chelsea.

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The 16-year-old Ajax product has been photographed at Stamford Bridge holding up a No.9 jersey, with the Blues looking to have beaten plenty of Premier League rivals for his signature.

Manchester City, Manchester United and RB Leipzig were all said to be chasing the Netherlands youth international hard, but it appears the west London club have prevailed with Chelsea continuing to attract the best young players in the game.

Antonio Conte’s men signed 15-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour from Glasgow Rangers earlier this summer, and with youngsters like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Thomas Kalas, Andreas Christensen, Lewis Baker, Kasey Palmer and Izzy Brown all coming through the ranks in recent years there’s a wealth of young talent in the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge. Getting those players into the first team has been the biggest issue for the reigning PL champs.

However, there is something to be said for the ‘casting the net wide’ system Chelsea deploy with many of their youngsters excelling while on loan and the Blues netting loan fees for their star youngster. Nathan Ake and Tammy Abraham are the latest examples of youngsters who have come through Chelsea’s youth ranks but have failed to break into the first team but excelled elsewhere.

Dominic Solanke‘s recent move to Liverpool is also another example of Chelsea’s incredible strength at the youth level, and a reason why they continue to attract the best players from across Europe with Exeter City’s 16-year-old Ethan Ampadu also agreeing to sign for Chelsea last week. The list goes on and on.

Take a look below at Redan’s talents as the forward dubbed “the next Wesley Sneijder” in his homeland is seen as the future of Dutch soccer.