The Mirror are reporting today that Chelsea have reached an agreement with young West Bromwich Albion midfielder Isaiah Brown that would see him join the West London side. Most of you have probably heard of Brown, as he was on the bench for the first time against Chelsea with the opportunity to become the youngest Premier League debutante ever.
This isn't the first we've been linked with Brown, as interest from the Blues has being mentioned in the media for the better part of the past several months. The Sun speculated that we'd be willing to pay upwards of £2 million for the youngster, also mentioning Arsenal with having interest in the player.
The Mirror report seems to suggest that there is no agreement in place between the two clubs, meaning any fee would need to be decided by an independent tribunal. They're suggesting that Brown would sign a 'lucrative deal' with the Blues*, as at 16, he's not yet under professional contract.
*Fifa regulations limit 17-year olds to a maximum contract length of 3 years
I'm not 100% sure how accurate this part of the report is, as Brown couldn't technically sign a professional contract with Chelsea this window. He doesn't turn 17 until January 7 of next year, meaning that he'd (at least temporarily) be joining the club as an academy player, or remaining with West Brom until the January window opens.
The Elite Player Performance Plan has set up provisions for the movement of youth players, but Brown is most certainly already under scholarship with the Premier League side's academy. It's kind of an odd situation with the EPPP's apparent push towards getting the top players in the country to the top clubs in the league, and in this regard, what happens with the fee (assuming this report is accurate) will be notable.
Either way, the addition of Brown would be a fantastic one indeed, as he's clearly one of the better young talents in England. We'll have more on the player in a bit, as several of us here have probably seen enough of him to give some decent input.