Chelsea to sign Carney Chukwuemeka after snubbing Aston Villa deal to become highest-paid teen in England

Chelsea have agreed to pay £20million to sign Aston Villa teenager Carney Chukwuemeka, who was a star of England Under-19s’ European Championship success this summer.

Chukwuemeka turned down an offer to become the highest-paid teenager in the country by Villa, effectively forcing the Midlands club to accept Chelsea’s offer.

The 18-year-old midfielder would have been able to sign for an overseas club for nothing in January, having been linked with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.

But Chelsea agreed to pay big money to take Chukwuemeka, who is understood to have met with head coach Thomas Tuchel, now.

Both clubs will feel they have got a good deal with Chelsea signing one of the most highly-rated youngsters in Europe and Villa securing a big fee for a youngster who was going to leave for free.

Other than attempting to make senior signings, Chelsea’s new owners have made a series of high-profile young signings with Omari Hutchinson joining from Arsenal and goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina agreeing to a deal.

Chelsea have made inquiries regarding Kyle Walker-Peters but it remains to be seen whether or not they will try to meet Southampton’s valuation of the right-back.

While trying to wrap up the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton and pondering testing Leicester City’s resolve over Wesley Fofana with a firm bid, Chelsea are looking at a host of options to strengthen Tuchel’s squad.

Southampton are confident they will hold on to Walker-Peters, who they value in the region of £30-£35million after seeing Arsenal pay £32m to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City.

Chelsea, who have agreed personal terms with Brighton left-back Cucurella, want a right-sided defender having already signed Kalidou Koulibaly.

But Southampton’s initial valuation of Walker-Peters might be viewed on the high side by Chelsea’s owners, who have not submitted a bid for the 25-year-old and have made calls on a host of players.


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