January 25th, 2012
Sibling rivalry: Rio, Cole (both 12) and Jay Dasilva, 13, pictured in Luton Town's colours before the move, have been snapped up by Chelsea in a unique transfer deal
As three young talented brothers, there was always a chance their sporting careers would go down similar paths.
But twins Rio and Cole Dasilva and their older brother Jay are unlike any other footballing family – as all three have been snapped up by Premier League Chelsea in a unique transfer deal.
The talented twins, aged 12, and their 13-year-old sibling, joined Chelsea from Luton Town in separate deals each worth an undisclosed five-figure sum.
Rio, Cole and older brother Jay have been part of Luton’s academy since the age of seven.The compensation which Chelsea agreed to pay also includes payments should the trio rise through the ranks.The overall deal is worth a seven-figure sum if they all go on to make the Chelsea first team.The deal is not the first time Chelsea have favoured footballing siblings in transfer deals.
The 2010 Premier League Champions had Ray and Graham Wilkins play for the Blues in the 1970s, as well as Ron and Allan Harris in the 60s and John and Peter Sillett in the 1950s.
English football is littered with instances of brother playing for the same team – from the Charltons for England to the Neville Brothers at Manchester United and the Toures at Manchester City to name just three pairs.
To find three footballing brothers in the same side, however, you have to go back to October 1988 when Rod, Ray and Danny Wallace all lined up for Southampton against Sheffield Wednesday.
Gregg Broughton added: ‘Following our loss in the play-offs last season we were told that the boys wished to look at other options, as was their prerogative to do so, and now after six months of uncertainty, we are delighted that they have found a club where they are settled and one that recognises the development work that Luton Town have put in over the last five years.
‘Their family has a strong footballing background with older brother Ryan playing as a professional here at Kenilworth Road and father Trevor also a very talented player in the past.
‘We never like to lose talented players from the club, but if players are unsettled and wish to look elsewhere, and the deal is right for all parties, then it is the most sensible way to progress.
‘We would like to thank Chelsea for the professional manner in which they have conducted themselves and wish the boys the very best for their ongoing careers.’
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