Chelsea have made yet another move to restock their youth banks by acquiring Mexican striker Ulises Davila (profiled earlier on We Ain't Got No History) from Chivas de Guadalajara, announcing the move on the team's official site. The 20-year-old has been signed to a five-year contract after a series of impressive displays in the under-20 World Cup. Sporting director Michael Emenalo spoke highly of the forward, citing great improvement in his recent play:
Ulises has been a highly-scouted player by a lot of clubs, and has made great progress in the last couple of tournaments we have seen him play in.
We are delighted to have been able to get this deal done, Chivas is a superb club with a strong reputation in player development and world football, and we are confident Ulises will be able to continue his fast development to become an important Chelsea first-team player.
That all sounds very promising, and although the transfer fee is as yet undisclosed the Blues probably won't have paid very much for Davila and will be able to recoup any expenditure if they're forced to re-sell him. Are we going to see him at Stamford Bridge anytime soon? Probably not: When the deal was first rumoured, it sounded like Davila would be heading to the Eredivisie on loan, and there's clearly no room in the Chelsea squad to accommodate another striker at this point, so that sounds more or less reasonable. But even if he doesn't actually join the team until next year, it's sure nice to have him on board.
Welcome to Chelsea, Ulises.