The 20-year-old has been dubbed ‘the non-league Riyad Mahrez’ and recently underwent a trial at Chelsea but failed to earn a professional contract with the west London club.
The winger has also trained with Crystal Palace and West Brom without impressing enough to be issued a permanent deal but could still earn a Premier League move in time for next season, with Arsenal, Leicester City and Norwich City all reportedly interested.
El-Mhanni currently plies his trade with Lewes in the Ryman Premier League – the seventh tier of English football.
But the incredible rise of Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy, who fired the Foxes to the Premier League this season title just five years on from plying his trade with Fleetwood Town, has seemingly convinced top flight clubs that there’s plenty of talent on offer further down the footballing pyramid.
The non-league hotshot told Goal; “Chelsea took a chance to have a look at me when other clubs might have turned their noses up. It shows while they have big players and can buy, they aren’t afraid to look at players who might not have the CV.
“I believe there are others playing in non-league that, if given the platform, could potentially be good enough.”