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Chelsea complete second attacking signing within 24 hours after Liverpool icon’s role in one transfer revealed

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates goal

Chelsea have followed up the purchase of Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal by announcing the arrival of Alex Matos from Norwich City.

On Friday night, Chelsea completed the signing of Jackson from Villarreal in a deal worth more than £30m. The Senegal international has come to the Premier League on the back of a season in which he scored 12 goals from 26 appearances in La Liga.

Chelsea have encountered various issues with their attacking players in recent years, so will be hoping Jackson can help rectify things.

And on Saturday morning, the club have announced the addition of another attack-minded player – who admittedly may require some more patience before making an impact.

Matos is the player in question after his contract with Norwich City expired. The 18-year-old can play in a variety of roles, including on the wing, in midfield or up front.

Chelsea have not confirmed whether Matos will be considered for their first team or is going to slot into their under-21 setup.

TEAMtalk revealed as far back as April that a deal was in place for Chelsea to acquire Matos’ services once his terms with Norwich – for whom he never got the chance to make a senior debut – expired.

The length of Matos’ new deal in west London has not been disclosed either. In contrast, Chelsea were able to confirm that an eight-year deal has been signed by Jackson.

The club’s co-sporting directors, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, said on their official website: “We are excited to welcome Nicolas to Chelsea.

“He is a young player with big potential, as he showcased for Villarreal last season.

“We believe he is ready for this next step in his career and look forward to him working with our new head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, and his Chelsea teammates.”

Sadio Mane helped Jackson choose Chelsea with Pochettino advice

Jackson himself has added: “I wanted to join a big team and Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world, plus I’ve watched them since I was young. I watched Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka was good too, big players. So I always dreamed of playing for a team like this.

“When Chelsea came there was no question in my mind. I always had this kind of team in my mind. I talked to my family and my agent and I have icons who played here – Drogba and Ba, big strikers.

“So when Chelsea came my heart said the answer should be yes and I decided to follow it and come here.”

Jackson also revealed some encouragement from compatriot Sadio Mane about playing for Pochettino, as the ex-Liverpool man got to do during their time at Southampton.

“I spoke to Sadio Mane about him and he spoke very highly of him, he said amazing things about him. Sadio told me the manager is going to help me a lot to improve and do well if I listen to what he has to tell me, so that is exactly what I’m going to do.”

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