Valencia and Benfica are leading the race to sign 15-year-old Crystal Palace midfielder Jadan Raymond, who impressed for England Under-17s at the Syrenka Cup this summer.
England actually won the youth tournament in Poland, earning a penalty shootout victory over the hosts in the final - in which Raymond netted the all-important spot kicks to seal the victory.
According to the Daily Mail, Palace are desperate to reward the teenager with a new contract, but they are struggling to strike a deal with Raymond. As a result, Valencia and Benfica have now swooped in to try and lure him overseas.
He is in the final year of his youth contract with Palace and could be available for just £250,000 in compensation, which would not be a problem for either of the European giants.
Both Valencia and Benfica were keeping a close eye on the friendly tournament, which brought together a number of European countries' Under-17 sides, in the hope of finding some exciting young prospects, and they have both settled on Raymond.
Palace are well aware of his ability, having seen Raymond lead their Under-15 side to the Premier League
Best team in england❤️ Super Floodlit ✅ pic.twitter.com/x6s9clvGGO— Jadan Raymond (@JadanRaymond) May 3, 2019
Source : 90min