clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Chelsea set to beat out ‘up to a dozen’ Premier League teams for Kendry Páez — reports

Winning in the transfer market

Independiente Del Valle v Alianza Lima - Copa Internacional Mitad del Mundo U18 Semifinal Photo Franklin Jacome/by Agencia Press South/Getty Images

Chelsea’s push for the best and brightest young talent continues as we’re apparently closing in on a deal for 15-year-old Kendry Paez, who currently plays for Independiente del Valle(‘s youth team).

The Ecuador U17 international was apparently held back from playing for their U20 team at the recently concluded CONMEBOL U20 Championship (that Andrey Santos’s Brazil won), with a view towards first-team integration and action — he has made the bench in each of their first two games so far on the young season.

Paez is classified as a attacking, playmaking midfielder at the moment, but he’s also just 15, so that position’s not exactly set in stone. And yes, he has been likened to Messi already as well, though he’s already around 175cm (5’8”) — i.e. taller than Lio.

In any case, Paez is said to be highly coveted, with “up to a dozen” teams in the Premier League alone chasing his signature. But it sounds like we might have won this contest, which is nice. Good to know we still can win something these days... (Any transfer would of course have to wait to go through until he’s actually 18, in 2025. But teams can loophole around that by agreeing the deal now, which seems to be becoming a bit of a trend.)

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the We Ain't Got No History Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Chelsea news from We Ain't Got No History