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Chelsea are set to finalise a deal for Brighton’s youngster Zak Sturge.

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Chelsea are set to finalise a deal to sign Brighton youngster Zak Sturge. The Blues have fought off interest from multiple Premier League clubs.

According to reports, Chelsea are closing in on a deal to bring Zak Sturge to Stamford Bridge. The 18-year-old made 16 appearances in the Premier League U18 last season. His performances impressed many Premier League sides. The England youth international has rejected a new contract at Brighton as he searches for the next step in his career.

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Tottenham, Leeds, and Brentford were all interested in the left-back. Although, it seems Chelsea have won the race for Zak Sturge. Chelsea are looking to transform their academy under the new ownership. The teenage sensation is yet to make an appearance for Brighton’s first team. But he is a promising talent and can be Premier League ready in near future. His impressive form has got him selected for England under-18 side.

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The chances of Sturge establishing himself as a first-team player any time soon are unlikely. However, linking up with the famous Cobham academy can only do wonders for his development. Of course, this isn’t the kind of juicy transfer news that will excite supporters.

However, it is vitally important, that the academy continues to thrive under new ownership. The Blues also have had a long interest in him since January. Chelsea U-23 also avoided relegation last season on the last day of the season. So, it is quite evident improvement is needed.

There is also evidence that if Zak Sturge signs for Chelsea academy, he has the pathway to first-team football. The Cobham academy has produced the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James who are now regulars in the first team.

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