A deal that was agreed last year and finalized at some point in the last couple months, has finally been officially announced. Chelsea have signed IFK Göteborg’s 16-year-old winger Edwin Andersson. Transfermarkt has the fee at around €50k, which sounds about right for training compensation owed.
(With all the relevant paperwork presumably submitted before the January deadline? Let’s not break any more rules please.)
Andersson turned 16 in November, which made him eligible for transfer to pre-Brexit England, but the deal had apparently been all but agreed back in April of last year already, with the player’s father revealing their excitement at joining the Chelsea Academy system.
“There have been an incredible number of clubs from virtually all countries that have been interested in him. But he has chosen to go to Chelsea when it’s time. According to the rules he must be 16 first and then it is up to the clubs to agree.
“There’s still some details, but the day it’s time he has decided that it’ll be Chelsea. It is a chance you can take if the package is right. They have very good education and care about you as a human being, which one might not believe.
”It is the dream of every boy to have such an opportunity, that is where we are now. But it should be the right conditions, otherwise it will be nothing.”
If I’m a Premier League club, I’m trying to acquire as many talented 16 and 17 year olds as possible this month.— Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) January 8, 2020
With Brexit, UK clubs will no longer be able to utilise Article 19 exception and, save for very limited exceptions, will have to wait until players are 18 to buy.
Edwin’s father was also not shy in raising the expectations for his son, comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo as well as Chelsea Academy jewel Callum Hudson-Odoi.
“He’s pretty much like Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea. When he was younger, he was a little more like [Cristiano] Ronaldo. He mainly stays on the left.”
Barry, hit the lights. It’s hype machine time.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE ARE NO YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF THIS KID?!
Well, anyway, welcome, Edwin.
P.S.: So we’ve got a kid from Norway, and now we’ve got one from Sweden in the last month. Is Scandinavia the new Belgium/Benelux? Moneyballing!