CHELSEA are ready to steal a march on Manchester United in the race to sign £25m-rated Belgium ace Youri Tielemans.

The Anderlecht prodigy is one of Europe’s hottest properties with a host of clubs interested in signing him.

But Chelsea are weighing up a bid as soon as the transfer window opens after sending a scout to watch him against Manchester United this week. Tielemans, 19, who already captains Anderlecht despite his young age, impressed as his side earned a 1-1 draw in the Europa League clash.