Chelsea reach Nicolas Jackson agreement’ after £60 million proposal for second signing rejected
Chelsea have allegedly agreed to terms with Villarreal attacker Nicolas Jackson for next season.
According to rumours, Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson, who is available for about £30 million this summer due to a release clause in his present deal with the Spanish side. The Blues have been the Premier League’s highest spenders in the last two transfer windows and are hoping to commence another costly recruitment push by finalizing Jackson’s signing in the coming days.
Chelsea had initiated conversations with Jackson’s representatives earlier this week about a move to Stamford Bridge, with the Blues wanting to boost their forward line ahead of the new Premier League season. According to The Athletic, they have subsequently struck an agreement on personal terms with the 21-year-old and will soon make an official approach to Villarreal to finalize his capture.
Jackson was supposedly close to joining Bournemouth in January but was turned down after failing his medical with the Cherries, and he was also rumoured to have been targeted by Southampton during the same transfer window. He now appears certain to join Chelsea in the Premier League, with his £30 million release clause making things relatively simple for the Blues, but they could still try to negotiate a lesser cost with Villarreal if they choose to reduce his asking price.
Meanwhile, the Blues had a £60 million bid for Moises Caicedo rejected by Brighton and Hove Albion about two weeks ago, according to the report. The midfielder just signed a new deal with Brighton, but he is largely expected to depart the Amex Stadium this summer, and he is reported to be a major target for Chelsea ahead of next season.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the west Londoners intend to submit an improved offer for Caicedo in the coming days, with direct negotiations expected to take place at club level to hash out a deal. The player is claimed to be close to a personal deal with Chelsea, but it remains to be seen if a fee can be agreed upon with Brighton, who have supposedly valued their man at over £80 million.