A trio of Premier League clubs are thought to be weighing up a move for Brentford youngster Juan Pablo Gonzalez Velasco according to Get West London.

Top flight clubs Chelsea, Southampton and Burnley are all reported to be considering bids for the player while The Bees’ Championship neighbours Fulham may also try to tempt Velasco away from Griffin Park.

The 17 year old attacker is a product of Brentford’s academy set up and is a regular in The Bees’ Under 18s side. Velasco originates for Columbia and is currently a Columbian Under 20s international despite the fact that his mother’s nationality is Spanish. The player is comfortable in the centre of the park either as an out and out striker or playing in a number 10 role and can also play out wide.

Brentford’s academy system is currently undergoing huge changes and the club could be set to sell their young star should an acceptable offer be made with Velasco thought to be unhappy at the new academy structure at the club.

A move to Southampton could be of particular appeal to the attacking ace with The Saints’ academy system currently regarded as being one of the most successful of it’s kind in English football having produced talent such as Luke Shaw, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent years.

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  1. ratcatcher11 on

    Brentford have been forced to close their academy after having young players cherry picked by the Premier league. The lower clubs are in effect simply scouting for the EPL. Brentford have now formed an elite squad of players who will be coached to become high quality players, whilst playing their matches against higher quality opposition both at home and abroad. Hopes are this will bridge the gap between the under 21 and the first team which is currently too big a hurdle.

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