According to multiple reports, including from The Athletic, Chelsea have dropped another nice bundle of cash-money millions on a promising young teenage talent, this time on 19-year-old midfielder Lesley Chimuanya Ugochukwu from Stade Rennais. And it’s certainly a nice bundle, reportedly as much as €27.5m.
A France U19 international of Nigerian descent, Ugochukwu made 35 appearances last season (20 starts), primarily as a defensive midfielder (either alone or in a pivot). He’s followed in the footsteps of Eduardo Camavinga at the Ligue 1 club, and now he’s followed him in terms of earning his big-money move as well — though apparently he might be earmarked for a loan at this time.
(That’s a pretty big fee for a Loan Army signing, but who knows what our value-scale looks like these days. We could use a defensive midfielder in the main squad, too, right, Moisés?)
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Rennes midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu.#CFC have reached an agreement worth around €27.5million (£23.5m) for the 19-year-old.— The Athletic | Football (@TheAthleticFC) July 29, 2023
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