Chelsea have made first their first January signing with the arrival of highly-rated Dylan Williams from Derby County.
The 18-year-old left-back has been showcased series of impressive display for Derby County since made breakthrough into first-team.
Williams, who broken into first-team last years, is a fine prospect, direct left-sided player in all phases at Derby in various age groups, productive in attacking areas including finisher.
Early this morning, reports by Goal view Nizaar Kinsella, claimed that Chelsea are in ‘advanced talks’ with Derby County for Dylan Williams, who is being eyed to ‘fix a problem position’ at left wing-back in the academy teams.
However, this evening, Derby County boss Wayne Rooney has confirmed Williams agreed to join the west London club this month.
Wayne Rooney: ‘I’ve spoken with the administrators, who are working very hard to get everything sorted.
‘I’ve been assured that no one will leave without my say-so.
‘We’ve agreed a fee with a Premier League club for Dylan Williams – I couldn’t stand in the way of his opportunity.’
Meanwhile, Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has made an admission over Chelsea-linked Ousmane Dembele as the winger looks likely of leaving Barcelona this month.
The 24-year-old winger is a free agent at the end of the season but could make a move in January.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Tuchel was questioned about Dembele’s situation at Barcelona and asked regarding his potential transfer.
The German, who coached Dembele at Borussia Dortmund, gave his verdict on his former player. He said: ‘He is a very good player when he is in his top level.
‘I am very fortunate to have trained him in my time at Dortmund. It was only one year, it should have been longer. I needed to leave and he decided to leave.’
The Chelsea head coach continued to admit that he is not in close contact with Dembele but did exchange some messages during his time in France.
‘From there we are not in closest contact, we met here and there because of his duties for the French national team and of course I was in Paris so this was more or less when they were preparing for national duties, it’s very close to Paris. This is where we met or exchanged some messages’.
Last week it was reported that Dembele’s agent was in contact with Chelsea regarding a potential transfer.
Now, Chelsea have been handed a boost if they are to move for the French international as Barcelona have reportedly told him to leave the club in January.