Chelsea to complete transfer as manager confirms agreement for ex-Manchester United target

Chelsea have agreed a deal to sign IFK Gothenburg winger Edwin Andersson, who will move to Stamford Bridge immediately despite the January transfer window closing last week.

The highly-rated 16-year-old, who has been tracked by Manchester United, had a deal provisionally agreed with the Blues for several months but his transfer has now been confirmed by the Swedish side.

“We of course wish Edwin good luck. We would have liked to have seen him stay with us but that he is being recruited to Chelsea is a good mark on our business,” Gothenburg’s academy manager Jonas Olsson said.

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Andersson, who turns 17 in November, underwent a trial at Manchester United 18 months ago but was not signed by the Red Devils – who may come to regret their decision.

The deal represents Lampard’s first move in the transfer market, although it is highly unlikely that the teenager will be seen in the first-team this season and will instead join the youth ranks.

Capped at U17 level for Sweden, the player’s father confirmed last year that he had agreed to join Chelsea – but an agreement for the transfer has only just been confirmed.

“There have been an incredible number of clubs from virtually all countries that have been interested in him. But he has chosen to go to Chelsea when it’s time. According to the rules he must be 16 first and then it is up to the clubs to agree,” he told Expressen last year.

“There’s still some details, but the day it’s time he has decided that it’ll be Chelsea.

“It is a chance you can take if the package is right. They have very good education and care about you as a human being, which one might not believe.”


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