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Chelsea are in the market for new forwards.

And as a result, they are keeping tabs on Villareal’s winger.

Highly-rated Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze is on Chelsea’s transfer shortlist for January, according to The Telegraph. The Blues are emerging from a FIFA transfer ban in January and will be looking to strengthen their ranks.

The 20-year-old is enjoying an impressive rise to prominence for the Yellow Submarine’s first-team squad after only making his debut in November last year. The Nigerian international is now a regular in Javi Calleja’s side having already made 16 appearances in La Liga this campaign and looks set to have a bright future at the top level.

Chelsea could move for Villarreal's Samuel Chukwueze

He penned a new deal at the club in October which is claimed to have a €100 million release clause which will be in place for the next two years before dropping to €80 million in the third year, which would allow the player to move for less and reward his loyalty.

In addition, he hit 10 goals and four assists last season, and already has three goals and two assists this season having continued to thrive. Chukwueze is fast and skilful, possessing great dribbling ability, and BBC noted last year that he admires and has been compared to former Chelsea player Arjen Robben. Chukwueze’s fellow Nigerian John Obi Mikel played almost 250 games for the West London club between 2006 and 2017, while his skillset could be suited to the Premier League.

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