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Chelsea and Manchester United in transfer battle over highly-rated 19-year-old Bundesliga starlet

Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly both monitoring the progress of Bayer Leverkusen teenage defender Benjamin Henrichs.

The 19-year-old has made 14 appearances already this season having featured both in the Bundesliga and Champions League, and his impressive displays dating back to his youth days have led to the Premier League duo paying attention to the full back, according to Bild.

It’s not just at club level that Henrichs is making an impression either, as the youngster received his first call up to the Germany squad this week and will hope to make his international debut.

The report adds that Manchester City are also keen on the Leverkusen ace, but it remains to be seen whether or not the German outfit are prepared to entertain offers at this stage of his career.

Having impressed at every level up the ranks thus far, Henrichs has been tipped to enjoy a bright future, but the interested clubs will arguably want to see him deliver consistently over the course of a season before making their move.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has turned the club’s fortunes around in recent weeks after a switch to much talked about 3-4-3 system, and so a young alternative to feature in the wing back positions could be welcomed by the Italian tactician.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho will arguably also be looking at ways to strengthen in the same positions, with Antonio Valencia likely to be a more short-term option at right back while Luke Shaw has had his troubles at Old Trafford more recently.

Henrichs’ improvement and early ascent to the top for club and country is impressive, and it’s seemingly been enough to perk the interest of both United and Chelsea.

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