Manchester City’s Cole Palmer ‘undergoing medical’ ahead of £45 million Chelsea move
While Pep made it apparent he's a big fan, the London club look to have offered enough cash to secure his signature.
Manchester City’s Cole Palmer is reportedly undergoing a medical today ahead of his move to fellow Premier League side Chelsea.
The 21-year-old winger and attacking midfielder has excelled throughout Man City‘s youth ranks and has already impressed in the 25 senior appearances he made across all competitions last season, seeing him find his way onto the bench more regularly at the start of this new campaign.
Having most recently scored in the Community Shield and during the UEFA Super Cup over the past month — both in fine fashion, might we add — City fans have been enjoying seeing the local youngster make the most of his cameos but look to soon be saying farewell.
Chelsea launched their first bid earlier this week and after agreeing on an estimated £45 million fee (£5m being add-ons) for the Wythenshawe-born youngster, the likes of David Ornstein, Fabrizio Romano and more are reporting that Palmer is undergoing his medical today (Thursday, 31 August).
Manager Pep Guardiola insisted that he has been impressed with Palmer thus far, adding that “he showed character” in the Super Cup and did well to not only put more established defenders through their paces but score a crucial goal as well.
However, when questioned about his future, the Spaniard accepted that he will obviously want to play more regularly this year but added the caveat: “I don’t think a loan is going to happen. He’s going to stay or he’s going to be sold.”
Now, just 24 hours later, it looks as though the latter is the case and Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is about to secure his 11th signing of the season as they begin yet another season of expensive restructuring, with several other players heading out the door.
How much Palmer will actually feature in what is still such an oversaturated squad remains to be seen.
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With personal terms also already said to be agreed, Palmer to Chelsea is expected to be confirmed by both clubs imminently, though the specifics of his contract and weekly earnings etc. are still yet to be revealed.
What do we reckon, Blues, would you rather he’d stayed and tried to fight his way into the first team more regularly a la Phil Foden or is it the right move for him?
From news out soon-to-be-announced outgoings to other incoming this summer, it was also confirmed yesterday that the club had agreed on a fee just shy of £50m for Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes, with another City youngster, Tommy Doyle, heading the other way.
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