Chelsea agree £15m signing of Carney Chukwuemeka | football

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa (Image: Getty)

Chelsea confirmed that they agreed with Aston Villa will sign England (U21) midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka.

Chukwuemeka, who turned 18 in October, made 19 appearances for Villa after making his first-team debut at the end of the 2020-21 season.

The highly-rated midfielder made 11 Premier League appearances under Steven Gerrard last season and was hailed as a “future star” by former Arsenal and England winger Paul Merson.

Chelsea’s deal for Chukwuemeka is believed to be worth an initial £15m, although the total package could rise to £20m if various additional requirements are met.

A Chelsea statement said: Aston Villa and Chelsea can confirm that the clubs have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Karni Chukwuemeka.

“The 18-year-old has been given permission to travel to London to discuss personal conditions and undergo a medical.”

Chukwuemeka, who was Aston Villa’s Academy Player of the Year for the 2020-21 season, will travel to London tonight to complete his transfer and sign a six-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Chukwuemeka in action for Premier League side Aston Villa (Image: Getty)

He is expected to undergo a medical tomorrow and Chelsea hope to present the midfielder as their third summer signing ahead of their Premier League clash against Everton on Saturday.

Thomas Tuchel has already hosted England forward Raheem Sterling and Senegal defender Kalida Koulibaly in Chelsea this summerand the blues are continuing to work on a deal for Brighton defender Marco Cucurella.

Discussing Chukwuemeka’s talent after his first start for Aston Villa last August, Merson told Sky Sports: “You look at the positives at Villa, the young lad, Chukwuemeka was very good.

“He has a bright future. I don’t see a lot of children’s football. He was excellent in the first half. He was sliding across the field.

“17 years old, you play in the Premier League in the center of midfield. I mean, that’s a big question.

“He will be an absolute star. He glides across the field. It is a nice size. He stands on the ball. He looks for it and makes runs without the ball. I think the Aston Villa fans leaving the game will definitely be talking about him.”

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Chelsea agree £15m signing of Carney Chukwuemeka | football

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