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Chelsea signing given green light as €35m star completes medical ahead of eye-catching transfer

Ben Stewart
Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal CF, #15) in action during the LaLiga match between Villarreal CF versus Atlético de Madrid at Ceramica Stadium on Jun

Chelsea are closing in on their next summer transfer as Mauricio Pochettino looks to have solved a critical problem within his squad.

It’s no secret that Chelsea are in need of more firepower next season. Throughout the 2022-23 campaign, they only scored 38 league goals.

They have recently been boosted by the arrival of Christopher Nkunku and it now seems as if they have secured their next signing.

According to David Ornstein, Nicolas Jackson has completed his medical with Chelsea as the forward looks set to confirm his move.

“Nicolas Jackson has completed his medical ahead of a proposed move from Villarreal to Chelsea,” Ornstein confirmed.

“Chelsea paying release clause of slightly above €35m to sign 22yo Senegal international forward, who scored 13 goals for Villarreal last season.”

Fabrizio Romano has added to this and reported that Jackson’s contract with Chelsea will be valid until 2031.

Jackson grabbed plenty of headlines in La Liga last season and Chelsea will be hoping that he can solve their goalscoring issues.

The 22-year-old takes an average of 1.6 shots per game and he averaged a goal contribution every 100 minutes in La Liga last season.

When compared to Chelsea’s forwards last season, those numbers make for promising reading. Providing he can adapt to life in the Premier League, Jackson could be the solution to Chelsea’s goalscoring problem.

Chelsea have new attacking dynamic

The additions of Nkunku and Jackson will give Chelsea a new attacking dynamic next season. Between them, they scored 36 goals last season.

This added firepower will give Pochettino’s side a new lease of life next year. With no European football to contend with, Chelsea will be firmly focused on the league next season.

Player sales are also expected to be a big part of Chelsea’s transfer strategy this summer. N’Golo Kante has already said his goodbyes and he is expected to be followed by plenty of others out the door.

Kai Havertz looks like he could be the next player out the door at Stamford Bridge as Arsenal have reached an agreement for the German international.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has commented on the speculation as Arsenal have been backed to complete the £65m deal.

“Talent comes at a price, and at Arsenal we are always interested in youngsters with experience,” Arteta told Spanish outlet Marca.

“I repeat, I’m not talking about players from other clubs, but in the case of Kai he has already shown a lot, including in the Champions League. He is a talented player, versatile and only 24 years old.”

While Chelsea did struggle for firepower last season, Havertz was their top scorer in the league with seven goals.

Mason Mount also looks likely to be on the move this summer, although Chelsea aren’t prepared to let the England international leave on the cheap.

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