Report: Chelsea set to beat PL rivals to signing of England U18 international

Chelsea have reportedly won the race to sign 18-year-old wonderkid Zak Sturge.

According to the Daily Mail, the Blues have held off interest from Tottenham to complete a deal to sign the youngster from Brighton.

The defender gained attention from a number of big clubs following a number of impressive performances for the Seagull’s Under 18’s side.

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His impressive displays at left-back have seen him break into the international side at his age range, with him making his debut eleven months ago.

Despite London rivals Spurs showing late interest in a deal, the Daily Mail have claimed the Blues are set to sign the 18-year-old after he let his contract at the Amex stadium run down.

Chelsea set to sign Sturge

Furthermore, journalist Natham Gissing has claimed the deal could be completed in the next few days, with personal terms very close to being agreed.

Chelsea fans will be encouraged by the club’s ability to still complete signings for the future, despite the demand to strengthen the first team immediately in order to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool next season.

Supporters will now be hopeful that the club continues their ability to build towards the future with their current first team, particularly concerning centre-back Levi Colwill.

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The 19-year-old took part in the club’s friendly last night against Charlotte, although his future is currently unclear following rumours that Thomas Tuchel is looking to sign as many as three new centre-backs this summer.

There is no shortage of Premier League suitors interested in Colwill, however supporters will be hopeful that the Englishman remains at Stamford Bridge, being given an opportunity to compete for minutes.

Sturge on the other hand is likely to join the club’s Under 23’s setup, with an opportunity to break into the first team somewhere down the line, if he continues to impress at his new level.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.