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Chelsea Set To Sign This £23M Rennes Youngster: One For The Future

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According to Football.London, Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of acquiring Lesley Ugochukwu, a promising young midfielder, in a deal that has been said to be agreed upon at £23 million with Rennes.

Who Is The Rennes Youngster?

Under their new ownership structure, the Blues have shifted their transfer strategy to focus on securing promising young talent for the future, and they appear poised to welcome yet another exceptional young player to their squad. Furthermore, as part of their plan to establish a multi-club model, Boehly-Clearlake have included French side Strasbourg in their club portfolio, adding to the ambition of building a diverse and interconnected network of clubs.

Ugochukwu, a 19-year-old central midfielder, currently plays for the French club Rennes, where he emerged from the academy ranks and has accumulated 60 appearances for the team. Last season, he primarily operated in a deeper central role, participating in 35 matches averaging 1.8 tackles and grabbing one assist in all competitions. Additionally, he has represented France at the under-19s level, showcasing his talent on the international stage (Stats via whoscored).

Lesley Ugochukwu
Rennes’ French midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu (L) fights for the ball with Monaco’s Senegalese midfielder Krepin Diatta during the French L1 football match between Stade Rennais FC and AS Monaco at The Roazhon Park Stadium in Rennes, western France on May 27, 2023. (Photo by Fred TANNEAU / AFP) (Photo by FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Will He Be Integrated To The First Team At Chelsea?

Standing tall at 1.88 meters, this young midfielder is a formidable presence in the middle of the field, adding a dominant edge to his team’s offensive and defensive play. When it comes to ball control, he has shown great promise, delivering line-breaking passes that effectively progress the ball up the field. While there may be some doubts about his goal-scoring abilities, this may not be a crucial trait for a defensive-minded midfielder, though it is worth considering.

Given his current stage in his career, with some experience in senior matches, careful consideration must be given to his development. One potential option could be a loan move to Strasbourg, offering him valuable playing time to further hone his skills.

Alternatively, he might be given a chance to impress with Chelsea’s senior team, albeit with fewer opportunities at first. The decision on the path ahead for the £23 million talent remains to be seen, but there is undoubtedly much excitement surrounding his potential for the future at Stamford Bridge.

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