TEAMtalk understands Chelsea youngster Omari Hutchinson will soon join a Championship club on loan, after recently signing for the Blues from London rivals Arsenal.
Hutchinson was at Arsenal from U12 level and got his first professional contract in November 2020. The central attacking midfielder, who can also operate on the right wing, made plenty of appearances for Arsenal U21s but never got any senior game time.
After being left out of the Gunners’ pre-season tour of America, Hutchinson knew his time at Arsenal was up. He went on to sign for Chelsea, crossing a bitter London divide.
Chelsea kept the length of his contract and the transfer fee undisclosed. On the move, Blues head of youth recruitment Jim Fraser said: “We are delighted that Omari has agreed to sign for Chelsea.
“He is a brilliant addition who joins us as an exciting emerging talent hoping to make a quick impression in the senior game.”
Hutchinson is currently training with Chelsea U23s. But TEAMtalk understands the 18-year-old starlet will soon secure a loan move to the Championship.
Reading set their sights on Hutchinson during his time at Arsenal. And he is now set to join Paul Ince’s team from Chelsea on a temporary basis.
Hutchinson will aim to continue his exciting development at the Madejski Stadium. He will help Reading as they plan to move up the Championship table – last season they finished 21st, only just avoiding relegation to League One.
Omari Hutchinson will learn lots from Championship switch
The upcoming campaign will be Hutchinson’s first season of first-team football. It should help him to improve both physically and technically.
Reading are getting a good player on their hands, too. The Chelsea talent is highly rated among Blues coaches and also has experience on the international stage.
He has represented England at U17 and U19 level. Plus, he is eligible to play for Jamaica and featured in their friendly against Catalonia in May.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have found out whether Presnel Kimpembe will be joining them, after rejecting one of his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates.