Chelsea outbid Manchester City and Tottenham for Everton youngster Ishe Samuels-Smith.
Chelsea have agreed to sign 17-year-old Everton defender Ishe Samuels-Smith, according to 90min.
Last season, the left-back, who can also play in the centre of defense, was a regular for Everton’s Under-21 team. He was a substitute for the main team in both the Premier League and the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea sought to recruit Samuels-Smith last summer but were unable to reach an agreement. But their desire has not faded. There may be a deal with Everton to sign this remarkable young talent, according to sources.
The Blues have beaten a number of Premier League teams to his signature. They outbid Manchester City, Newcastle, and Tottenham to sign Samuels-Smith to a three-year deal. The deal is the maximum duration for youngsters of his age.
Ishe Samuels-Smith: Who is Smith?
Tall left-back Samuels-Smith, a Manchester native, is frequently began as a potential future star.
The 17-year-old took part with the Everton first team under both Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche, and while he did not play for either, his presence on the bench under both managers shows his significance behind the scenes.
Samuels-Smith has represented England up to the Under-17 level and was the only member of the Young Lions to be named to the Tournament Team at this summer’s European Under-17 Championships, where he shone as an outside centre-back.
For the previous several years, left-back has been a problem position for the Chelsea youth, with the Blues frequently dipping their toes into the transfer market to try to provide depth.
Zak Sturge, 19, arrived from Brighton last summer but completed the season in central midfield with Dylan Williams, who was bought from Derby in January 2022 and made his debut under Thomas Tuchel in an FA Cup win over Luton Town immediately after his arrival.