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Chelsea have beaten Barcelona and AC Milan in the race to Aston Villa wonderkid Carney Chukwuemeka, the Blues announced on Tuesday.

Chelsea will pay a reported fee of £20 million to sign the 18-year-old England youth international.

Chelsea announced the deal in a statement, saying:

Aston Villa and Chelsea can confirm that the clubs have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Carney Chukwuemeka.

The 18-year-old has been given permission to travel to London to discuss both personal terms and undergo a medical.

Born in Austria to Nigerian parents, Chukwuemeka was left out of Villa’s pre-season tour to Australia after refusing to sign a new contract, which expires next summer.

The midfielder, 18, who starred for England in their Under-19 European Championship triumph last month, made 12 English Premier League appearances for Villa last term.

He would become Chelsea’s third signing of the summer.

La Liga giants Barcelona, Serie A champions AC Milan and Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund were all linked with Chukwuemeka.

By Amara

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