The highly touted 16-year-old is thought to be a target for the Blues ahead of the January transfer window, with the UEFA Champions League champions hoping to whisk him away from the Baggies before he inks a professional contract. Cardoso, a Portuguese midfielder, has made an impression for West Brom's youth team and has recently played for both Portugal and England, as his status continues to climb.

Albion consider him to be one of the top young players in the country, and they are eager to sign him to a professional contract as soon as he reaches 17. Chelsea are unlikely to be the only big club interested in Cardoso, with the hunt to capture the best young players in England and Europe having heated up in recent years.

The Final Word

Given Cardoso's talent, West Brom will almost certainly have anticipated such conjecture when deciding how to best develop the midfielder. His reputation is so strong at such a young age that it was only a matter of time before some of the country's most prestigious clubs began calling for his services.


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