Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Brighton youngster Zak Sturge, 18, after beating out Tottenham and Leeds for another teenage star this summer. Chelsea appear to have won the race to sign Brighton’s Zak Sturge. Chelsea are close to agreeing terms with the 18-year-old left-back this summer. Sturge has joined the Blues after beating Tottenham and Leeds. Published: 20:03 EDT, July 20, 2022 | Updated: 20:03 EDT, July 20, 2022
Chelsea appear to have won the race to sign Brighton’s highly rated youngster Zak Sturge, beating out a slew of Premier League and European rivals.
The England Under-18 defender has confirmed he will leave Brighton this summer after failing to agree a new contract, and his next stop appears to be Stamford Bridge, where he will join the club’s Under-23 set-up.
Sturge impressed on numerous occasions for Brighton’s Under-18s last season, and the Blues have pipped Tottenham and Leeds to his signature. After impressing for Brighton’s Under-18s, Zak Sturge (right) is set to join Chelsea. The defender has represented England at Under-18 level and is well-regarded within the squad. If Sturge does agree to join Chelsea, Brighton will be owed at least £500,000 in compensation. The Blues still need to complete a medical on the player, but they are optimistic that a deal for the highly rated defender can be completed. According to Nathan Gissing, Sturge is nearing an agreement on personal terms with the west London club and could sign a contract with Thomas Tuchel’s men in the coming days. Sturge would be the second teenager to join Chelsea this summer, following the arrival from Southampton of Wales Under-19 goalkeeper Eddie Beach. In terms of the first team, the Blues have had a busy week, confirming deals for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Napoli’s Senegalese center-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The club is still looking for defensive reinforcements and has been linked with moves for PSG’s Presnel Kimpembe and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has already been active in the summer transfer market.