Date: 3rd January 2020 at 8:30pm
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Wolverhampton Wanderers are monitoring the progress of Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

According to reports from Goal, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side and Paris Saint Germain are both interested in picking up the player when his contract expires, however, Chelsea are very keen on extending his stay.

The 19-year-old is now free to speak to teams from other countries abroad to arrange a pre-contract agreement, however, he is probably unlikely to rush into a new offer when he has a lot of options all around the board.

Lamptey recently made his debut as Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates. He played the final 31 minutes as his side bounced back from 1-0 down to overcome the Gunners. He was then selected on the bench for their next match against Brighton.

As a right-wing back, he would surely be seen as a potential successor to Matt Doherty who has been the club’s right-sided defender for the last few seasons.

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Obviously with the youngster being highly rated enough to appear for the first-team at Chelsea then he clearly is a very talented individual, therefore Wolves would be foolish to not attempt to go in for him if they have a chance.

Due to his age, they will have to pay some compensation if he joins on a Bosman ruling, however, the fee is bound to be minimal compared to if they bought him with years to run on his contract.

Furthermore, Wolves’ options at right-back are pretty limited at this moment in time, and an injury to Doherty would possibly have to either result in Jonny Otto playing on the right or Adama Traore dropping deeper. Phil Ofosu-Ayeh is still another possibility, though since joining in 2017 he hasn’t played once in the league.

Bearing the previous in mind, he is rightly a player they should target, even if it is a little ambitious. If the club can offer him a quicker route to the first team than Chelsea then he will be obliged to listen, however, based on the fact he recently debuted then it is quite likely he will stay on at Stamford Bridge.