Romano reveals why Chelsea are signing Basel's Renato Veiga

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 7 Jul 2024 14:22 BST
  • 3 min read
Renato Veiga, Chelsea

Chelsea are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Portugal U21 international Renato Veiga.

The 20-year-old has left Basel’s pre-season training camp in Austria in order to finalise a summer transfer to Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea expected to pay roughly €15 million for his services.

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He will become the Blues’ fifth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (€35.4m), Omari Kellyman (€22.5m), Marc Guiu (€6m) and Tosin Adarabioyo (free).

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In addition, Chelsea have also completed a deal for Estevao Willian. However, the Brazilian will not officially join the club until 2025.

The west London side were interested in Bologna and Italy defender Riccardo Calafiori, but he looks set to join Arsenal instead and Chelsea have turned their attention to Veiga.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Veiga will move to Stamford Bridge this summer and he has revealed why Chelsea have opted to sign him.

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What has been said?

Romano told CaughtOffside: “Renato Veiga is on his way to Chelsea in a €14-15m move from FC Basel. He’s seen as someone who can play centre-back, left-back or defensive midfield, so he covers a lot of positions.

“Chelsea see Veiga as a talent with huge potential, and available for a cheap price. He’s the perfect profile for what they wanted and needed.

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“There are no add-ons or sell-on [clause] because Chelsea preferred to agree on €14m fixed fee believing it was a good deal for them.”

Veiga joined Basel from Sporting CP last summer and he made 26 appearances in all competitions for the Swiss side during the 2023-24 season. He scored two goals and provided one assist.

The Portugal U21 international is expected to remain with Chelsea next campaign, although he could join sister club Strasbourg on loan.

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