Sources: Man City beaten by Chelsea to Morgan signing
Man City made a move for Southampton striker Jimmy-Jay Morgan before Chelsea beat them to a deal, sources have told Football Insider.
The Premier League champions offered a contract to the 17-year-old but he has instead struck an agreement with the huge-spending Londoners.
Chelsea will reportedly pay £6million including add-ons for Morgan, according to Fabrizio Romano.
In addition to interest from City, Leeds United also made a move for Morgan before he opted instead to re-join Chelsea.
He spent time at the club’s academy at the age of eight but returned to Southampton due to the difficulty of long car journeys to and from his home on the south coast.
The Saints have decided to accept Chelsea’s offer with Morgan currently on a scholarship deal that runs for another 18 months.
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He was offered a professional contract as soon as he turned 17 last month but knocked it back after indicating he wanted to leave the club.
Morgan is still listed as a Southampton player on their official website
The highly sought-after youngster had been close to making his senior debut for Nathan Jones’ side after a spell training with the first team and has been an unused substitute for two matches.
That came after a run of six goals and five assists in 13 games at youth level this season. The England Under-17 striker was a prolific scorer last year as well, scoring 27 goals for the Saints’ Under-16s before being promoted to the Under-18s and scoring 13 more.
Chelsea had poached goalkeeper Eddie Beach and forward Tyler Dibling from the Saints last summer, the latter of whom has since returned to the south coast due to homesickness.
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