Chelsea sign wonderkid Estevao Willian for £28m

Chelsea sign wonderkid Estevao Willian for £28m

Chelsea officially confirmed the £28 million signing of Willian Estevao from Palmeiras on Saturday.

Brazilian winger Estevao will join the Blues next year after he celebrates his 18th birthday in late April.

‘Chelsea Football Club has agreed a deal to sign teenage forward Estevao Willian from Palmeiras, with the Brazilian to officially join Chelsea next summer,’ read a statement from the Stamford Bridge outfit.

‘The 17-year-old has already built a strong reputation in South America as one of the most exciting talents around due to his skilful dribbling and electric pace, causing defences plenty of problems in his breakout season in senior football.

‘Estevao has featured 10 times in the Brazilian Serie A for Palmeiras, contributing two goals and two assists, as well as also finding the net in the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil.’

Teenage forward Willian Estevao will join Chelsea from Brazilian club Palmeiras next summer

Estevao, who is a pacy player and likes to run with the ball, will cost Chelsea £28 million

Estevao, who is a pacy player and likes to run with the ball, will cost Chelsea £28 million

The statement added: ‘The exciting forward, who joins fellow Brazilians Andrey Santos, Deivid Washington and Angelo Gabriel at Stamford Bridge, has also featured for his nation at youth level.’

As well as joining the list of Brazilian players at Chelsea, Estevao is now the 13th teenager to be signed by the Blues since Todd Boehly took control of the club in 2022.

Those teens have cost a total of £249.4m in combined transfer fees, with Romeo Lavia the most expensive.

Midfielder Lavia cost £58m when he arrived from Southampton in August 2023 but played just once for the Blues last season due to injury issues. 

Chelsea have now spent £249.4m on buying teenage players under chairman Todd Boehly

Chelsea have now spent £249.4m on buying teenage players under chairman Todd Boehly

Romeo Lavia cost Chelsea £58m last summer but only played once in the 2023-24 season

Romeo Lavia cost Chelsea £58m last summer but only played once in the 2023-24 season

TEENAGE CHELSEA SIGNINGS MADE BY TODD BOEHLY 

  • Romeo Lavia, £58m from Southampton in August 2023 (aged 19)
  • Willian Estevao, £28m from Palmeiras in June 2024 (aged 17) 
  • Malo Gusto, £26.3m from Lyon in January 2023 (aged 19) 
  • Lesley Ugochukwu, £23.5m from Rennes in August 2023 (aged 19)
  • Carney Chukwuemeka, £20m from Aston Villa in August 2022 (aged 18)
  • Andrey Santos, £18m from Vasco de Game in January 2023 (aged 18)
  • Kendry Paez, £17m from Independiente de Valle in June 2023 (aged 16)
  • Deivid Washington, £17m from Santos in August 2023 (aged 18) 
  • Angelo Gabriel, £13m from Santos in July 2023 (aged 18)
  • Cesare Casadei, £12.6m from Inter Milan in August 2022 (aged 19)
  • Gabriel Slonina, £12m from Chicago Fire in August 2022 (aged 18)
  • Ishe Samuels-Smith, £4m from Everton in July 2023 (aged 17)
  • Diego Moreira, free transfer from Benfica in July 2023 (aged 18) 
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Estevao is unlikely to be Chelsea’s last teenage recruit before the start of the 2024-25 campaign.

Indeed, Boehly is close to finalising a £19m deal for Aston Villa midfielder Omari Kellyman.

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