“Strong Possibility” – Romano Says Chelsea Are Poised To Sign ‘Next Havertz’ From PL Rival For £19M

Chelsea are closing in on the signature of Aston Villa attacking midfielder Omari Kellyman, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

Writing on his X account, Romano said that the Blues are putting the finishing touches on a £19m deal, stating that it is now a “strong possibility” the move will go ahead.

Kellyman joined from Derby County just over two years ago, and he made his senior debut against Hibernian in a Europa Conference League qualifier back at the end of August.

The teenager played the full 90 minutes and got himself an assist for Leon Bailey’s goal in the 3-0 victory. He subsequently went on to make 5 further appearances for the Villans, with cameo appearances in the Europa Conference League knockout rounds, Carabao Cup and the Premier League.

What type of player is Kellyman?

The England Under 19 international is a very versatile forward, with many at Villa having compared him to Kai Havertz, He can be deployed as a No.10, false nine or out on the flanks.

Considering that Havertz was sold to Arsenal for £65m after three underwhelming seasons at Stamford Bridge, fans will be hoping Kellyman can be slightly more successful.

Chelsea are in talks with Villa for other players

It is expected that Ian Maatsen will complete his move in the other direction to Villa Park. Unai Emery’s side have agreed to pay £37.5m for the Netherlands international. There was a reported £35m release clause in his contract but it is believed that Borussia Dortmund was the only club that could trigger it. However, the Champions League finalists decided against doing so.

Chelsea are also still interested in Jhon Duran, but they are said to be weighing up their options, with the club having also made offers for Atletico Madrid’s Samu Omorodion over the past few days.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.