Chelsea set to win race to sign English wonderkid Zak Sturge

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Zak Sturge (right) is highly rated at England youth level. (Getty Images)
Zak Sturge (right) is highly rated at England youth level. (Getty Images)

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of England Under-18 defender Zak Sturge from Brighton.

Sturge has confirmed he is leaving Brighton this summer and Chelsea are set to beat a host of teams from the Premier League and the Bundesliga to his signature.

Brighton will be due a minimum of £500,000 in compensation if the 18-year-old left-back joins Chelsea, where he will join the Under-23 squad.

Chelsea still need to finalise the switch and complete a medical but there is optimism they can secure a deal for a player who is highly rated in the England set-up.

The Blues have a long-standing interest in the teenager, who is set to move to Stamford Bridge after rejecting a new contact at Brighton.

In an Instagram post, Sturge said: “It’s now time for me to start the next chapter of my footballing journey”.

Chelsea have already signed Wales Under-19 goalkeeper Eddie Beach from Southampton this summer.

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