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Chelsea sign Senegal forward Nicolas Jackson on 8-year deal

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Chelsea have signed Senegal forward Nicolas Jackson on an eight-year contract from Villarreal.

The 22-year-old scored 13 goals in 38 appearances for the La Liga side last season, including nine in the final eight league games.

He is the Blues’ second summer signing after the £52m deal for France striker Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.

“He is a young player with big potential,” said co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.

“We believe he is ready for this next step in his career and look forward to him working with our new head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, and his Chelsea team-mates.”

The two clubs did not disclose the fee involved but it has been widely reported that Chelsea will pay £32m for Jackson.

Bournemouth agreed a £20.3m deal for Jackson in January, at which point he had scored three goals in 24 games in all competitions, but the move fell through after his medical.

Jackson returned for Villarreal in March and went on to earn the La Liga player of the month award for May, helping his side finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League.

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