Chelsea is fighting to keep talented 18-year-old Ben Elliott at the club, with THREE Premier League rivals interested in a transfer swoop.

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Chelsea is fighting to keep talented 18-year-old Ben Elliott at the club, with THREE Premier League rivals interested in a transfer swoop.

Chelsea is fighting to keep hold of another of their talented young players, with a trio of Premier League rivals circling teenager Ben Elliott.

Southampton, Brighton, and Brentford have all expressed interest in signing the teenager, who the European champions want to sign to a new long-term contract.

Elliott, an 18-year-old playmaker, has been a part of the Blues’ academy since he was a child and has spent the last 18 months with the club’s under-23 squad.

However, his current contract expires at the end of the season, and while Chelsea is offering him a new contract, they are concerned that he will be tempted to join the ranks of a number of other talented players who have left the club.

Tariq Lamptey was signed for £5 million by Brighton with the promise of regular first-team football for the then 19-year-old.

Last summer, Saints paid £5 million for another full-back, Tino Livramento, after both players decided that if they stayed at Chelsea, their development would be stifled by a lack of first-team opportunities.

The fact that the two South Coast clubs, as well as Brentford, have expressed an interest is concerning news for the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Even though he has been training in and around Thomas Tuchel’s squad this season, they are aware that they are unable to provide as many realistic opportunities to first-team call-ups.

Elliott is the type of player that Saints, Brighton, and Brentford are looking for in terms of developing young talent who can not only succeed in the first team but also be sold for a profit.

The trio might even move in January to avoid him becoming a free agent in the summer.

If he decides his future lies outside of Chelsea, a bid of around £800,000 could be enough to land him.

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