Well, this is unique. Luton Town announced today that Chelsea have signed three players from the Hatters' youth academy. And they're brothers.
According to the Luton Town website:
Brothers Rio, Cole and Jay Dasilva have signed terms with the Blues in separate transfers each worth five figures which will in total net the Town a suitable sum.
Twins Rio and Cole, 12 years old, and older brother Jay, 13, are the latest to make their way to Cobham. Luton revealed that the overall package could eventually be worth one million pounds - that is if the three climb the Chelsea ladder and reach the first team.
Gregg Broughton, head of youth at Luton, had this to say of the siblings:
I am hesitant to talk about the boys in the collective term because they have all have wonderful unique attributes, but this is a historical deal to see three brothers transferred together.
Following our loss in the play-offs last season we were told that the boys wished to look at other options, as was their prerogative to do so, and now after six months of uncertainty, we are delighted that they have found a club where they are settled and one that recognises the development work that Luton Town have put in over the last five years.
Jay is a special talent, a fantastic student of the game whose temperament complements his technical ability. Cole has strong physical attributes and is very comfortable in possession while Rio is a real livewire, whose ability to play in tight areas has always allowed him to shine. Their family has a strong footballing background with older brother Ryan playing as a professional here at Kenilworth Road and father Trevor also a very talented player in the past.
We never like to lose talented players from the club, but if players are unsettled and wish to look elsewhere, and the deal is right for all parties, then it is the most sensible way to progress. We would like to thank Chelsea for the professional manner in which they have conducted themselves and wish the boys the very best for their ongoing careers.
Pretty cool. Of course, as you and I know, the Dasilvas have a mighty difficult road ahead of them to reach the first team at Chelsea. They are incredibly young and no one really knows what will happen over the next decade. However, what they will have is the benefit of great facilities and a great staff with which to work and mature. So, whatever the outcome, they should become better players - and people - during their time here.
Welcome to Chelsea, young ones. And best of luck.