Rangers face competition from Premier League giants Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for highly-rated Linfield youngster Charlie Allen, according to a report.
The Belfast Telegraph are claiming that the two London clubs are interested in making a move for the 15-year-old midfielder, who is one of Northern Ireland’s highest-rated prospects.
The report claims that whilst Spurs are watching the player, Chelsea have actually made a move for his services. Manchester City are also said to be monitoring the situation.
Leicester City are interested in signing Linfield youngster Charlie Allen this summer. The playmaker is set to leave the Northern Irish club, with Manchester United, Liverpool, Celtic, Rangers & Leeds United all keen on the 15-year-old too.
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— Leicester Xtra (@LeicesterXtra) July 13, 2019
Rangers have been routinely linked to Allen and it’s certainly not the first time that the Ibrox club has been mentioned amongst a host of Premier League names [Belfast Telegraph].
But with the gifted teenager set to turn 16 next month, reports concerning Allen’s future are beginning to heat up.
Rangers – who have a historic connection with Allen’s current club Linfield – present one of the most interesting options for the youngster.
The Ibrox club has a proud connection with Northern Ireland as well as being a proven stomping ground for some of the Northern Irish national side’s biggest stars.
Rangers have also put a huge emphasis on their Academy in recent seasons with a “pathway” to the first team regularly promoted by the club’s staff.
As pointed out by Norwich City fan website the Pink Un, Allen also played a part in the Rangers U17s side which won the ALKASS Cup in Qatar last season.
They claim that Rangers are in the driving seat and are leading the pack when it comes to the player’s future destination.
If the Ibrox side can fend off the competition from a host of Premier League clubs to secure Allen’s signature, it would represent a real coup for the club’s Academy.
Despite only being 15, Charlie Allen made his first-team debut for Linfield in April with Linfield Academy director Glenn Ferguson being quoted in the Belfast Telegraph as saying the youngster is “one of the brightest prospects” he has ever seen.