Chelsea expected to deliver blow to Arsenal by signing Gunners teenager Omari Hutchinson
Chelsea are set to sign Arsenal’s talented attacker Omari Hutchinson for the club’s academy teams.
The 18-year-old winger is a coup for the Blues who have ambitious plans to strengthen their youth team, alongside their first team this summer.
They beat a host of clubs to his signature and poach a talent that the Gunners tried to keep in north London. Academy manager Neil Bath wants a better Under-23s team than last season after Chelsea were almost relegated last season - surviving through a last minute goal in the final game against Tottenham.
The west Londoners have also renewed the contract of Bashir Humphreys until 2024, with an option for an extra year. The young defender recently won the Under-19s European Championships with England.
In terms of more senior arrivals at the club, Thomas Tuchel has revealed the Blues are not prioritising a move for a striker, content with the options he already has at his disposal.
“I think, at the moment, we have Timo [Werner] as a nine, we have Kai [Havertz] as a nine, we have Michy [Batshuayi] as a nine, we have [Armando] Broja as a nine, Raheem Sterling as a nine, maybe, and let’s see how things work out,” said Tuchel.
“I think, right now, it is not the first priority to get another big striker in. I think we have enough intensity, goalscoring ability, and mobility to compensate. We go from there. We need to focus on different areas first and maybe see later.”