Chelsea have surprised everyone today by announcing that we’ve reached an agreement with Aston Villa for the transfer of one of the most exciting prospects in England, young Carney Chukwuemeka who had been embroiled in a contract standoff with Villa.
The 18-year-old has 14 Premier League appearances to his name already (2 starts), and took on a starring role for England’s triumphant U19 Euros campaign this summer, scoring a team-leading three goals. He was also part of Villa’s FA Youth Cup-winning side two seasons ago.
Aston Villa and Chelsea can confirm that the clubs have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Carney Chukwuemeka.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 2, 2022
The 18-year-old has been given permission to travel to London to discuss both personal terms and undergo a medical.
Villa had been trying to get the young man to sign an extension, but after those talks broke down, evidently decided to cash in rather than risk losing him for a pittance via a tribunal. The reported transfer fee is £20m (£10+10m, as per the Guardian), which certainly is not nothing, and could (should?) position the young man for a first-team role straight away — despite an already crowded midfield — with Chelsea apparently beating out suitors from all around Europe, including the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona.
We are looking to the future. And what a future we have. https://t.co/5X9JSJFGgN— Daniel Finkelstein (@Dannythefink) August 2, 2022
The transfer is still subject to a medical and personal terms, but given the already official announcements by both teams, those are surely just formalities.
Here we go!