A medical is all that remains after Chelsea struck agreements on both personal terms and a slightly inflated transfer fee regarding an unstoppable LaLiga striker.
It’s poised to be another summer of upheaval at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues making major moves both in the form of arrivals and exits.
The likes of Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Romelu Lukaku have already agreed exits or are at the very least trending that way.
Regarding arrivals, Christopher Nkunku has joined from RB Leipzig to the tune of around £52m. Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is wanted to fill the void being left by Kante and Kovacic, while Nicolas Jackson has emerged as a potent option up front.
The 22-year-old plies his trade for Villarreal and embarked on a tear towards the back end of last season.
Indeed, Jackson plundered nine goals from eight matches from the centre-forward position to finish the season. Jackson can also deputise on the wings, but it’s from central areas where he was at his deadliest last term.
Jackson’s current deal at Villarreal contains a release clause worth €35m (approx. £30m).
Spanish outlet AS claimed Chelsea were prepared to activate it, though according to Fabrizio Romano, the Blues have taken a different route.
The transfer guru tweeted Chelsea have tabled a bid worth slightly more than Jackson’s €35m release clause. In a subsequent update, the extra amount was revealed to be around €1m-€2m more.
The idea there is to structure the deal in instalments and hope Villarreal are willing to play ball given the total sum they’ll receive will be greater than if the release clause were triggered.
Romano stated Villarreal have accepted Chelsea’s instalments-based bid, while an agreement on personal terms has also been struck.
The trusted journalist gave the move his signature “here we go” confirmation before adding a medical will take place in London over the weekend.
The Blues struggled mightily in front of goal last term, with their mark of 38 league goals good enough for just joint-15th best in the Premier League.
In fact, two teams who vastly outscored Chelsea (Leeds Utd – 48, and Leicester – 51) were both relegated.
The arrivals of Nkunku and Jackson will give Pochettino a new dimension in attack moving forwards.
If Jackson can come even remotely close to replicating the form he showed at the end of last season with Villarreal, the Blues will be thrilled.