According to Chelsea, a deal has been made with Aston Villa for the club’s popular teenager Carney Chukwuemeka.
The 18-year-old is anticipated to join the team this summer, after Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling. Eddie Beach from Southampton and Omari Hutchinson from Arsenal are among young players who have joined Chelsea.
This summer, Chelsea wasn’t heavily connected to the Aston Villa midfielder since Borussia Dortmund was also showing an interest in the teenager.
Carney Chukwuemeka’s transfer to Chelsea has already been officially announced.
Chukwuemeka’s transfer to Chelsea is anticipated to cost an initial £15 million, but further clauses might raise the cost to more than £20 million.
“Aston Villa and Chelsea can confirm that the clubs have achieved an agreement for the permanent transfer of Carney Chukwuemeka,” read a statement from Chelsea.
The 18-year-old has been given permission to fly to London to do personal business and receive medical attention.
Aston Villa’s Academy Player of the Year for 2020–21 was Chukwuemeka.
The highly regarded midfielder, who played 11 times for Steven Gerrard’s team in the Premier League last year, has been dubbed a star in the making by Paul Merson.
When asked about Chukwuemeka by Sky Sports in August of last year, Merson said: “You look at the positives for Villa, the young boy, Chukwuemeka was very excellent.
He has a promising future. I seldom ever witness the kid’s football games. He had a great first half. He was moving around the field with ease.
“At the age of 17, you are a center midfielder for the Premier League. Really, that is a lot to ask.
He is going to be a superstar. On the pitch, he moves with ease. He has a good build. He picks up the pace. Without the ball, he makes runs while searching for it. After the game, I believe Aston Villa supporters will talk about him.