Chelsea, which has made a storm of recruitment over the past year, is about to secure a 15-year-old prospect this time.

Transfer market expert reporter Fabrizio Romano reported on social media on the 19th (Korean time), “Chelsea is about to announce the signing of Ecuadorian midfielder Kendry Paez, born in 2007.”

Paes, who plays for the Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle, scored 16 goals in 18 games at a young age during the 2022 season, drawing attention from European clubs.

In particular, Chelsea showed great interest and promoted the signing immediately. To bring Paes, who was born in May 2007 and will soon turn 16, Chelsea made an offer of 16 million euros (approximately 23.4 billion won) in February, but was rejected.

After the offer was rejected, Chelsea are ahead of the signing of Paes by delivering a new, upgraded offer.

Reporter Romano said, “The FA (English Football Association) and the Premier League will approve the transfer of talented midfielder Paes to Chelsea, so a contract will be signed soon.” 안전놀이터

“The transfer fee will be 20 million euros (approximately 29.2 billion won) including options,” he added. “Paez will not join Chelsea until 2025, when he turns 18.”

FIFA (International Football Federation) rules prohibit international transfers of players under the age of 18.

Therefore, Paes can head to the UK only after May 2025, when he turns 18.

After Todd Boley changed ownership ahead of the 2022/23 season, Chelsea have since brought in as many as 17 players.

Chelsea recruited nine people in the transfer market last summer alone, and brought eight more during the winter transfer market last January. In order to bring a total of 17 players, they spent a whopping 600 million pounds (993.6 billion won) on transfer fees alone.

This is also not fulfilling, so they are preparing to sign a 16-year-old midfielder two years in advance in the same format as a futures contract.

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