Chelsea face transfer battle over wonderkid favoured by Kieran McKenna

Chelsea are in store for a summer of tug-of-war as Ajax and Feyenoord are reportedly eyeing up a permanent move for Chelsea winger Omari Hutchinson.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a sensational season while on loan with Ipswich Town in the Championship, helping the Tractor Boys to promotion to the Premier League for the first time in more than two decades.

The Jamaica international lit up the promotion campaign, securing 16 direct goal involvements - 10 goals and six assists - across 44 league appearances as Ipswich pipped Leeds and Southampton to the Championship's second automatic promotion spot.

Hutchinson's displays have made him a highly-regarded prospect and according to Football London, Ajax and Feyenoord are interested in procuring the services of the player.

Hutchinson has 12 months remaining on his current contract at the club. But where his future will reside remains to be seen and could most likely hinge on the appointment of the new Chelsea boss following the sudden departure of Mauricio Pochettino earlier this week.

Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna is one of the name's on Chelsea's shortlist, the 38-year-old having also impressed during a blistering promotion battle. The Blues have contacted the club over a potential move for McKenna, who is also reportedly wanted by Manchester United.

The battle for McKenna will be most likely be fierce, with the knock-on effect of his hiring potentially reaping significant dividends for Chelsea who will hope to keep hold of Hutchinson amid growing desire from European clubs.

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chelsea face transfer battle over wonderkid favoured by kieran mckenna

Omari Hutchinson has received interest from Ajax and Feyenoord after his loan to Ipswich Town

McKenna worked closely with Hutchinson throughout the Tractor Boys' defiant campaign. And speaking in a recent interview, Hutchinson was full of praise for his former manager and the freedom he was afforded during his time at Portman Road.

"Sometimes when you come into the team as a sub, the manager [McKenna] tells you we need a different dynamic," Hutchinson explained. "A skilful player that's going to get at your man and who can go both ways. For me, personally, I enjoy that. I like to entertain the crowd, and the manager gives you that freedom."

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