Chelsea now face competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Genoa star Pietro Pellegri, who is just 16 years old, talkSPORT report.

The forward became the joint youngest ever Serie A debutant last season at 15 years and 280 days and is now establishing himself as a regular in Genoa’s first team, attracting interest from all over Europe with his recent performances, including Blues boss Antonio Conte.

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Pellegri scored his first senior goal in what was Roma legend Francesco Totti’s last game as a footballer, and the Blues have been reportedly sending a team of scouts to Italy to monitor the teenager’s rapid progress.

The 6ft 4in teenager is thought to be a boyhood Genoa fan, so it would take a huge offer for the youngster to part ways with his beloved club in Serie A, something Conte may attempt in the upcoming January window.