Chelsea has agreed to terms to sign Zak Sturge from Brighton and Hove Albion, who beat Leeds United and Tottenham to the signing of the youngster.
According to the Daily Mail, West London has won the race for the 18-year-old left-back, with Chelsea defeating Premier League and European competition for the England youth international, who left the Seagulls at the end of last season.
Chelsea's second major academy signing of the summer has been signed by the two-time UEFA Champions League winners Arsenal's Omari Hutchinson, who has helped the club strengthen its U-23 options for the next season.
The Chelsea academy's development squads have been some of the best in recent years at youth level, and the club have finally begun to integrate some of their most promising youth players into the first team, with Mason Mount and Reece James being two of Thomas Tuchels' most important players.
Frank Lampards' first season at Chelsea in the 2019/20 season were also prominent, and Sturge might soon find himself on a similar path following the defenders' arrival in the English capital, much to the dismay of both Leeds and Tottenham.
Sturge is already a regular for England at youth level and was part of the Brightons' senior squad on many occasions last season, yet moving to Chelsea is a smart move for the teenage defender, who could flourish in west London, despite Leeds or Tottenham having offered him more immediate first-team opportunities.
Sturge's arrival by Chelsea is a setback for Leeds and Tottenham.
Sturge is expected to become a Premier League legend one day, and Chelsea have done well to secure their defenders' signature.
If Sturge does not crack into the Chelsea first-team, there's a good possibility that the fullback will progress to another top club in England or on the continent if he continues to thrive with the west London team.