Chelsea closing in on £19m deal to sign Aston Villa teen

    Chelsea are close to reaching an agreement with Aston Villa over the signing of Omari Kellyman for a fee of around £19million.

    Chelsea have already been active this summer after already signing Tosin Adarabioyo on a free transfer with his contract at Fulham expiring.


    Kellyman could be set to sign for Chelsea

    And new boss Enzo Maresca could have his second transfer of the year already in the form of Aston Villa ace Kellyman.

    The two Premier League clubs are thrashing out a deal that could see the 18-year-old make the move to Stamford Bridge for £19million.

    Kellyman is yet to undergo a medical and has not agreed personal terms with the Blues.

    The youngster has looked impressive in the Premier League 2, where the Under-21s play for clubs, scoring seven times in 12 appearances.

    Last season, he made six appearances in all competitions for Villa after joining the club from Derby County in March 2022.

    The teenager made his professional debut in August 2023 when he starred in the 3-0 win over Hibernian in the Europa Conference League.

    He marked his first appearance with a debut after setting up Leon Bailey for the second goal of the game.

    In the Premier League, Kellyman has played twice – two cameo appearances off the bench for Villa against Manchester City and Crystal Palace in the latter stages of the season.

    Kellyman has impressed for Villa for their Under-21s


    Kellyman has impressed for Villa for their Under-21s
    Maatsen looks set to move to Villa


    Maatsen looks set to move to VillaCredit: AFP

    He only signed a new contract with Villa last October and has been tipped for stardom, making his debut for the England Under-20s this month.

    It is not the first time that Chelsea have pinched players from Villa’s academy, signing Carney Chukwuemeka for £20m last summer.

    Meanwhile, Villa are on the verge of making their first signing of the summer with Ian Maatsen set to join from Chelsea for £37.5m.

    The Dutchman was loaned to Borussia Dortmund in January, helping them reach the Champions League final which they lost to Real Madrid.

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