First signing of Pochettino era close Chelsea ready to pay £30 million for forward

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Chelsea are negotiating multiple deals as the summer transfer window has kicked off in full swing. CFC are close to reaching an agreement on personal terms with Moises Caicedo and are expected to open talks with Brighton next week. The Blues are close to completing a deal for Villarreal striker Nicolas Jackson.

Chelsea want to sign a striker this summer as they look to offload Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the attack. Havertz is a target for Arsenal whereas Aubameyang is in talks with Saudi clubs over a move to the Middle East. Lukaku’s future is up in the air as meetings have been held between Inter Milan and Chelsea but no conclusion has been reached.

The Blues have been linked to a myriad of strikers. Lautaro Martinez, Victor Osimhen, Dusan Vlahovic and Harry Kane are some high profile names that have been associated with a move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea close to completing the signing of Nicolas Jackson

Villarreal striker Jackson is certainly not a headline grabbing name that has been linked but he could become Chelsea’s first signing of the season. According to Fabrizio Romano, CFC have decided to trigger the €35 million release. The Blues will pay €35 million but are discussing installments with the Spanish side. CFC are not alone in Jackson’s race as three more sides are ready to pay the release clause but the Senegalese prefers a move to Chelsea.

The West London outfit will offer a five year deal to Jackson and an official confirmation is expected soon. Interestingly, Jackson and Caicedo both share the same agent. If all goes to plan, the 21 year old will become the first signing of the Pochettino era.

Jackson has been one to watch over the last couple of seasons. He has shined for Villarreal and has continued to post impressive numbers this season too. The Senegalese has netted 12 goals in 16 starts in La Liga and contributed four assists. The Villarreal striker is clinical and confident with his ball striking. Jackson has the best shot conversion rate of 29.3% in La Liga (minimum six goals scored) and is adept at taking defenders on.

With Jackson, CFC’s strike force will comprise of Armando Broja, David Datro Fofana and Jackson. It is likely that Datro Fofana will leave on loan but Broja will stay as a backup. Chelsea and Pochettino are making the right moves in the transfer window as a concrete plan takes shape.

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