Charly Musonda
Chelsea youth team star Charly Musonda is keen to play first-team football Getty

Manchester United are preparing a move for Chelsea's highly-rated youth team star Charly Musonda, who is frustrated at the lack of first-team chances at Stamford Bridge this season. The young midfielder, who is highly regarded by the coaching staff at the club, is keen to play at a higher level, and this could prompt him to leave the Blues, with whom he is contracted until the summer of 2019.

According to online publication Foot Mercato, the Red Devils are keen to take advantage of the situation and are willing to offer €15m (£10.6m, $16.1m) to take him to Old Trafford and provide him a chance to compete for a place in the first-team. Apart from the 20-time English champions, Premier League rivals Arsenal are also monitoring the situation, along with Ligue 1 sides Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco, who could all make late moves to challenge the frontrunners.

The report believes Musonda could be a victim of Chelsea's poor form this season, and Mourinho's limited trust in young inexperienced players. The reigning English champions are struggling in the league this campaign and are currently in 16<sup>th place, having lost seven of their 12 games thus far. Moreover, the Chelsea youth team, who were champions of Europe last season, and winners of the FA Youth Cup are also struggling in the U21 Premier League.

Chelsea are keen to hold on to the 19-year-old midfielder, but he is keen to play at a higher level rather than in the reserves in the U21 league, and it is believed that a lack of playing time at a higher level could prompt Musonda to look to prove himself elsewhere.

"Charly appreciate Chelsea. But he has the feeling of wasting time. What he wants is to play and express their talent at the highest level. And if Chelsea can offer him the playing time, the time has perhaps come for him to try his luck elsewhere, especially as the prestige courtiers are numerous and are ready to welcome since the last summer," a source close to the player stated, as quoted by Foot Mercato.