Chelsea FC confirm shock £20m Carney Chukwuemeka transfer deal with surprise announcement

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helsea have confirmed the shock imminent signing of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa.

The Blues announced on Tuesday that the Premier League rivals had reached an agreement that will see the highly-rated teenage midfielder move to Stamford Bridge on a permanent transfer.

No official fee was given, but Standard Sport understands that the deal is worth £20million, with Chukwuemeka poised to pen a six-year contract lasting until 2028. He is now due to travel to London to undergo a medical and seal personal terms.

The 18-year-old will become Chelsea’s third signing of a difficult summer window so far, following Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly to west London.

Chukwuemeka joined Aston Villa from Northampton’s academy in 2016 and made his senior professional debut amid much fanfare in May 2021, going on to make 16 first-team appearances across all competitions – including 14 in the Premier League.

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He won the European Under-19 Championship with England this summer and was the standout player of the competition despite the distraction provided by constant transfer speculation with his Villa future subject to considerable doubt.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United were among the clubs said to be interested in Chukwuemeka, who had only one more year left to run on his contract at Villa Park.

Carney Chukwuemeka is set to leave Aston Villa for Chelsea in a shock transfer worth £20m

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However, many felt that the Austrian-born wonderkid would likely move abroad, with Barcelona and AC Milan believed to be interested parties overseas.

But Standard Sport understands Thomas Tuchel held a meeting with Chukwuemeka at Cobham last week in order to persuade him to join Chelsea instead.

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