Chelsea confirm third summer signing as Enzo Maresca masterplan begins to take shape

Omari Kellyman
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Chelsea have confirmed the expected arrival of 18-year-old Aston Villa attacker Omari Kellyman on a six-year deal, with an option for a seventh.

Last week, revealed that talks had begun with the Villans over a potential £20m switch and now the Blues have confirmed his transfer. Kellyman played six senior Villa games last season, two of which came in the Premier League, albeit none were starts.

Kellyman - an England under-19 international - said: "It is fantastic to be standing here as a Chelsea player. It’s a massive club with an amazing history, so it is great to join. It is a dream come true for sure. I’m buzzing to have put on the shirt and can’t wait to get started."

Kellyman's signing follows the arrival of Tosin Adarabioyo who joins as a free agent from Fulham, while a deal for Estevao Willian has also been completed with his arrival scheduled for next summer Palmeiras once he turns 18.

Kellyman's arrival follows the sale of Ian Maatsen to Villa on Friday, reported to be around £37.5m. Villa and Chelsea are two clubs considered close to Premier League cash-loss limits ahead of Sunday's three-year-cycle end date.

The Premier League is thought to have written to all 20 of its clubs, reminding them that it has the right to penalise any of its members if it is deemed they have inflated transfer fees and not acted solely within their own interests in 'good faith'.

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There have been accusatory concerns from elsewhere that clubs close to Profit & Sustainability Rules limits are agreeing deals with bloated transfer fees between them to avoid potential points deductions.

The Premier League handbook outlines that it can assess transfers via several criteria - such as player success, age and injury history plus the financial situation of both clubs involved - to determine if a fee has been over-inflated above market value. It can order clubs to pay back transfer fees in part or in full.

Chelsea have meanwhile begun talks with Leicester City midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, whom was managed by Maresca last season. The Foxes are also framed as being close to finance limits.