However, whilst all those names would no doubt make Chelsea stronger and almost certainly Premier League title contenders next term, the player they are seemingly closing in on is one for the future.

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Jayden Wareham has been on trial with Chelsea’s youth set-up for a month – netting a goal for the U18’s against Aston Villa on April 10 – and appears to have won a permanent contract.

The 17-year-old’s manager, Alan Dowson, at National League side Woking has confirmed that a deal with an unnamed Premier League team is all but done.

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“Yeah I believe things are getting done,” he told the Woking YouTube channel. “I don’t think they want to publicise it massively but I believe everything’s in order, it just needs clearance from the Premier League and all that.

“I don’t think there’s any problems with it, I think everything will be getting done and good luck to the lad. Whatever club he goes to, it should get done.

“Every day we think it’s getting done, today whatever, we can’t really say the name but I think everybody will know anyway to be honest.

“But the bottom line is good luck to the kid, I hope he does well, I hope he does very good. It will be good for him, I think he’s got a couple of years to kick on.

“Fair play to the lad.

“It’s done I think but I think when you go there you’ve just got to get permission off the Premier League and all that. That’s the only snag and I think everything else is done.”

 

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Given Wareham has been on trial at Chelsea, it’s only natural to assume they are the club Dowson is referring to and he’s also revealed Woking are in negotiations over a transfer fee.

“He’s been here for a few years now so we’re negotiating, that’s what we’re doing at the minute, I’m sure they’ll be very fair,” Dowson added. “Especially with how the top six clubs are at the minute, [they’ve] been hammered, it would be a massive good thing because we’ll tell everybody how great they’ve been.

“They have been fair. We’ve been very good to them so hopefully they will be very good to us as well.”

All that remains is for Wareham to sign his contract and for Chelsea to announce the de