Chelsea reach agreement in £20m deal with club chiefs in Argentina

Aaron Anselmino of Boca Juniors celebrates after scoring
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Chelsea have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Boca Juniors centre-back Aaron Anselmino after agreeing to pay a fee shy of £20million.

The Blues have already added to their team in this department by recruiting Tosin Adarabioyo on a free transfer from Fulham and are now closing in on a second defensive transfer.

A "broad agreement" has been reached on the fee Chelsea will pay Boca Juniors, which is believed to be just below the players' £20m release clause. It is added the Blues currently have delegates in Argentina "finalising" a deal, though Boca are "pushing" to keep Anselmino on loan until 2025.

The 19-year-old, who made his professional debut in 2023, is under contract until December 2028 after agreeing an extension to his existing deal in January of this year. Chelsea, though, appear to have made significant progress despite the teenager being tied down long-term.

A separate report on the situation from Argentina has backed up the suggestion Boca are keen for Anselmino to remain on their books until the end of the league season in his native country, which is due to end on December 15, and beyond that to the point of June 2025.

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This move, should it go through as planned, will see the Blues sticking to their model of recruiting emerging talents from South America. Chelsea have acquired a number of players from this part of the world in recent times, most recently Willian Estevao from Palmeiras, and will welcome Ecuadorian midfielder Kendry Paez to the club in 2025 after striking a deal for his services in June of last year.

Enzo Maresca's side are also closing in on the signings of Barcelona forward Marc Guiu and Aston Villa youngster, Omari Kellyman. The latter is close to signing a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge, with this agreement much further down the line than that of Guiu.