The Blues are set to lose two of their young defenders to sides from England’s south coast
Southampton have agreed to a £ 1.5million deal to poach one of Chelsea’s best young defenders, Goal can confirm, after accepting their three-year contract offer to Dynel Simeu.
The Blues have inserted a significant selling fee into the deal with the Saints and the transfer is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
Simeu chose not to sign a new contract with Chelsea after being offered a fast track in St Mary’s senior setup.
With Goal having already revealed for the first time that Lewis Bate will join Leeds United, the Blues should lose more players from their youth team.
Chelsea Academy Player of the Year Tino Livramento is close on a move to Brighton which could be completed in the next few days. Brighton should beat the likes of the Saints and Aston Villa, who both made late efforts to get the full-back.
Likewise, Myles Peart-Harris also rejected a contract with Chelsea with Brentford making a deal.
What is it with Simeu?
The England Under-19 international has made his presence felt in Chelsea’s various age groups in recent years, securing a place on the bench last year against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
It was in the same 2019-2020 season that Simeu was a key player as Chelsea won the Premier League 2 title.
The center-back is a solid leader having captained Chelsea’s development team for much of last season and England at various youth levels. He’s also tall, quick and good with the ball.
Born in Cameroon, the teenage star has so far opted for England, but he could still move on to the African nation in the future.
Having only signed for Chelsea at the age of 13, Simeu is behind most players at Cobham training center.
“I come from a Sunday League team in Southampton and with my experience I didn’t know a lot of footballers and I didn’t even know how Chelsea Academy worked, I thought playing here was unrealistic,” he said. he declared to the club’s internal press channel. earlier this year.
“I admired Portsmouth and Southampton because that’s all I knew, I always dreamed of becoming a footballer but my family and I never thought it was realistic then when I got it ‘occasion it all happened quickly and it was amazing. “