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Sturridge deal nears completion

It looks as if Chelsea has signed its first player of the summer. And a pretty good one it is, if you ask me.

Both Sky Sports and BBC Sport are reporting that Chelsea has finally agreed a deal with Daniel Sturridge that will bring the talented England Under-20 international to Stamford Bridge when his contract with Manchester City runs out at the end of June.

Very nice.

The clubs were unable to reach a compromise on a compensation fee, required since the player is under 24, so a tribunal will decide the amount Chelsea must pay City for Sturridge's service. Sky thinks that number might be around £5 million -- not half bad considering City was seeking 10m.

Sturridge, 19, has scored six goals in 12 starts and 19 substitute appearances at Eastlands.

While I think this is a positive step for the club -- a more youthful approach has certainly been needed of late -- I'm curious as to how much input Carlo had in this move. It feels more like an Arnesen signing to me.

Regardless, I like it. This kid has fantastic potential. Let's hope, unlike a majority of our younger players, he'll actually get some games. With the contract he's probably on, I don't see how that won't happen. Then again, watch us loan him out -- along with Di Santo. Please no.

So, what is the overall feeling on Sturridge at the Bridge? Good signing? Meh signing? Egregious move? Let me know, people.

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