Chelsea set to hijack Norwich City move for highly-rated African defender

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All Nigeria Soccer claims that Norwich City were left disappointed as they thought they had landed Derrick Abu, just for Chelsea to beat them.

The Blues have enjoyed excellent success with their young players this campaign, as the likes of Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James have all featured for Frank Lampard.

Chelsea were almost pushed into the situation with their transfer ban, but they may now hope to truly spark years of youth involvement under Frank Lampard.

Defender Abu is one player who will be hoping that’s the case, with the 15-year-old right-back coming up through the ranks and becoming a wanted man in the process.

Nigeria and England are battling for Abu’s international allegiance according to a report from All Nigeria Soccer last month, and they’ve now added a story about how he became a Chelsea player.

It’s claimed that Norwich City thought they had Abu signed up as an under-11, offering him an immediate deal whereas Chelsea only gave him a six-week trial – but he still chose the Blues.

Abu was allegedly working for Coezer FC in a tournament in Spain when he was found by a Chelsea scout, and they swooped in to leave Norwich disappointed.

These stores are always exciting, and show the sliding doors nature of football, as Abu will now hope to justify his decision by becoming a Chelsea first-teamer in the coming years having taken a gamble by snubbing a different path with Norwich