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The British ‘prodigy’ was signed by Chelsea for an incredible fee

The successful recruitment of teenage midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka by Chelsea and Aston Villa is part of an investment strategy for the Blues' defense

Carney Chukwuemeka, an English prodigy who cost Aston Villa £ 20 million, has been acquired by Chelsea. Unexpectedly, the Blues outbid Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund to sign the 19-year-old talented midfielder.

Chukwuemeka allegedly declined to sign a new deal with Aston Villa and requested a contract with a salary of £ 100,000 per week from the ownership group, but Aston Villa turned him down. An earlier approach of £ 3 million from AC Milan for the England Under-19 international was turned down.

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Aston Villa has given Chukwuemeka a year to finish out his contract, but he has declined to sign an extension out of worry that he won’t get enough playing time. Steven Gerrard has removed the player’s name from the preseason tour of the team as a result. Chukwuemeka played 14 times last year but only started three games for the starting XI.

Christian Purslow, the CEO of Aston Villa, once said of Chukwuemeka, “He is possibly the best 16-year-old player in England.”

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Chelsea is still making purchases to bolster the defense, including Leicester defender Wesley Fofana and Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.

Leicester are determined that they would not sell Fofana, 21, who joined the Foxes earlier this year on a five-year deal. After Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen left on free transfers, Chelsea urgently needs to improve their defense. The new season is set to begin, the Blues have signed rookie Kalidou Koulibaly for this position, and the Stamford Bridge team is busily closing deals to improve the caliber of the squad.

Chelsea accepts Kepa’s £41 million loss.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who joined Chelsea in 2018, cost the club £71 million, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in football history. But ultimately, the Spanish star turned out to be one of the Blues’ most dud signings.

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After a strong initial season, Kepa unexpectedly underperformed, leading the Blues to sign Edouard Mendy, a more expensive goalkeeper. Since then, Kepa has established himself as a dependable presence on the Stamford Bridge squad’s bench.

In light of coach Maurizio Sarri’s ambitions to meet with his old pupil this summer, Chelsea is also prepared to bid the former Athletic Bilbao star farewell. Napoli is currently finalizing the process to request Kepa’s loan, and they are also willing to keep this star for a very long time through a buy-out clause, according to The Athletic (reported by Chelsea Chronicle).

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It is known that Chelsea and Napoli will continue to negotiate the ultimate price, but right now they are hoping to get 41 million pounds. The Blues also have no incentive to maintain Kepa after securing the services of a talented goalkeeper in Gabriel Slonina.

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