ARSENAL are planning a sensational swoop for Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda, according to reports.
The 21-year-old has only featured in five games for The Blues this season, just two starts in the Carabao Cup.
Musonda turned down the chance to go out on loan this summer, instead wanting to challenge for a first-team spot.
But now that hasn’t materialised, he is ready to quit Stamford Bridge for pastures new, according to Foot Mercato.
The French news-site reports that “Charly has informed Chelsea that he will not extend [his contract], regardless of the proposal and that he will seek to leave the club in January.
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The youngster’s contract expires in June 2019, but the London club could well seek to cut their ties and get a fee for him.
Foot Mercato adds that Musonda “believes it is time for him to play football regularly” and that he “sees no hope of having much more play time than he is currently getting” at the club.
And one of the clubs at the front of the queue to sign the exciting winger is Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal.
Musonda has been at Chelsea since the age of 15, but could be set to swap West London for North London.
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SunSport reported last month how Chelsea want to tie Musonda down a new long-term deal, to warn off Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
The Standard claimed the Blues wanted to open talks with the Belgium under-21 ace over an extension to the current contract that ends in 2019.
After graduating from the academy, Musonda signed a four-year contract in 2015 worth £12,000-a-week.
The midfielder spent 2016 on loan at Real Betis and impressed but his spell was cut short when playing time dried up under former boss Gus Poyet.