Chelsea FC win race to sign English wonderkid Zak Sturge
helsea are closing in on the signing of England Under-18 defender Zak Sturge from Brighton.
Sturge has confirmed he is leaving Brighton this summer and Chelsea are set to beat a host of teams from the Premier League and the Bundesliga to his signature.
Brighton will be due a minimum of £500,000 in compensation if the 18-year-old left-back joins Chelsea, where he will join the Under-23 squad.
Chelsea still need to finalise the switch and complete a medical but there is optimism they can secure a deal for a player who is highly rated in the England set-up.
The Blues have a long-standing interest in the teenager, who is set to move to Stamford Bridge after rejecting a new contact at Brighton.
In an Instagram post, Sturge said: “It’s now time for me to start the next chapter of my footballing journey”.
Chelsea have already signed Wales Under-19 goalkeeper Eddie Beach from Southampton this summer.