Chelsea Strikes £42 Million Deal for Aston Villa’s Jhon Duran

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Striking Reinforcements

Chelsea have reportedly secured a deal to sign Jhon Duran from Aston Villa for a hefty £42 million. The Colombian striker, who has had a challenging time finding his place at Villa, is set to bring additional firepower to the Blues’ attacking lineup.

Competition for the Forward Line

With an eye to bolster their strike force and provide more competition for Nicolas Jackson, Chelsea have identified Duran as a key target. Jackson, despite his 17-goal tally, has faced criticism for his inconsistent performances throughout the season.

Duran’s Struggle for Game Time

Since his £18 million move from Chicago Fire to Aston Villa 17 months ago, Duran has found it difficult to cement a regular spot in the starting XI. With only three Premier League starts this season, Duran has been overshadowed by the likes of Ollie Watkins in Villa’s attacking pecking order.

Sealing the Deal

Chelsea’s interest in Duran was apparent during the January transfer window, and now, according to Colombian journalist Guillermo Arango, an agreement has been reached with Aston Villa for the transfer fee. The Blues are currently negotiating Duran’s personal terms to finalize the move.

Agent’s Insight

Last month, Duran’s agent, Jonathan Herrera, voiced the striker’s frustration over limited playtime at Villa, hinting at a potential move. Herrera emphasized Duran’s desire to play more regularly and mentioned that both the club and the player were exploring options.

Coaching Changes Not a Factor

In light of Mauricio Pochettino’s departure, Herrera reassured that Chelsea’s interest in Duran remains steadfast, with the club’s intent to sign the striker unaffected by managerial changes.

Villa’s Transfer Movements

Alongside Duran’s impending departure, Aston Villa is also finalizing the sale of Douglas Luiz to Juventus. The Italian giants are expected to pay a €20 million (£16.8m) fee and include players Weston McKennie and Samuel Iling-Junior in the deal.

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