Chelsea beat Arsenal in race to sign Southampton wonderkid Jimmy-Jay Morgan with deal agreed
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 02, 2023 - 07:06AM
Jimmy-Jay Morgan was also linked to Manchester City and Leeds United (Picture: Getty)

have reached an agreement to sign Southampton striker Jimmy-Jay Morgan, according to reports.

The Blues will sign the 17-year-old wonderkid in a deal worth £6m plus add-ons and Morgan will initially be integrated into the Chelsea academy.

Chelsea have beaten Arsenal, Manchester City and Leeds United to Morgan’s signature – according to – after the youngster turned down a professional contract at St Mary’s, having been linked to all four other clubs.

Morgan did not play a single game for the Southampton first team but has been an unused substitute on four occasions this term – including in a Premier League match against Brighton and Carabao Cup quarter-final against .

He has, however, registered four goals and five assists across eight Premier League 2 games and scored two goals in two FA Youth Cup matches.

Morgan has also impressed for England U17s, registering six goals across seven caps thus far.

Southampton academy coach Louis Carey has previously claimed that Morgan was ‘one of the best’ finishers he had seen in the club’s youth programme.

Saints boss Nathan Jones, meanwhile, was quizzed about Morgan’s future last week after he snubbed a pro contract with the club.

‘Young players will always get opportunities at this football club,’ he said.

‘They have to earn that opportunity and keep doing well because there’s a pathway here for the younger ones to do well and we want to make sure we keep hold of ours.

‘None of them will be leaving the building because we believe that development isn’t a six-month process or a two-month process.

‘Development is getting to 35 and looking back and saying you made good decisions, and ‘they made good decisions for me’.

‘Jimmy is 17 years of age. He’s a fantastic player with a bright future if he picks the right choices and the people that are working with him handle him well and if we work him in training and develop him into the right level.’

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