CHELSEA want to beat Liverpool to Exeter record breaker Ben Chrisene — despite their transfer ban.
The England youth midfielder made his debut for the Devon club aged just 15 in the Carabao Cup loss to Coventry earlier this month.
And now Frank Lampard’s Blues have invited him to train with them.
Chrisene has trained with the Kop side as well as Southampton and Bayern Munich are also interested.
Chelsea — who hope to have their ban lifted in January — signed Ethan Ampadu from Exeter in 2017.
Ampadu joined RB Leipzig on a season-long loan this summer.
The Welsh international, who can play in either defence or midfield, continues his development in the German top-flight for the Champions League qualifiers.
Lampard rates the teenager highly, and he spoke in pre-season about the need for Ampadu to get regular action over the upcoming campaign.
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The Blues boss said: “I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him.
“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit him.
“In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”
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