At the moment, one of the boom markets for English youngsters is to leave their domestic club and head for the continent to explore pastures new.
Players like Jadon Sancho have swapped life in the Manchester City reserve set-up for an 11 goal/17 assist season in the German 1.Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund. Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson moved Hoffenheim on loan and has scored seven goals in 21 appearances for the German side.
Bayern Munich failed with their £35million bid to land Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi, a move which indicates the current zeitgeist amongst continental sides for young English players. Then there’s the case of Serie A Sampdoria taking on Leeds’ Ronaldo Vieira of course.
According to The Sun’s Warren Haughton, the next in-demand youngster to leave these shores could be Reading’s Diamond Milan Edwards.
In an article published on The Sun’s website, Haughton said that Edwards has been “inspired by Jadon Sancho’s breakthrough” in Germany and is “opened [sic]to moving abroad.”
Commenting on the mounting interest, Haughton says that there is interest from both the Premier League and from the continent where it is said that the 16-year-old attacking midfielder is “attracting huge interest.”
Diamond has rejected Reading’s latest contract offer and this has alerted Premier League Southampton who are hoping to steal a march of rivals Roma who are also said to have couched interest in the Royal’s youngster.
Whichever side is successful, be it Southampton, Roma or someone else, a relatively modest compensation fee is all that will require to be paid. Reading will be hoping to hold on to player such as youngster Edwards, and there is talk that they will be approaching him to sign a new deal in the summer.
However, should a bigger club such as Southampton, or indeed a club on the continent such as Roma, come calling, then the lure of top-tier football might be too much for youngster Diamond to resist.