Chelsea youngster, Dynel Simeu has turned down a new deal with his club in pursuit of a free transfer to Southampton. The 19-year-old is reported to be on the verge of joining Premier League rivals Southampton in an attempt to get into the first team.
Chelsea have hailed him as a strong, intimidating central defender, although he is yet to make an appearance in the first team. Simeu has turned down a contract extension at Stamford Bridge, according to transfer analyst Fabrizio Romano.
The promising defender is likely to join Southampton, and an announcement is anticipated to be made soon.
Simeu’s contract with Chelsea expired in June, and he is, therefore, eligible for a ‘free’ transfer, however, his new team will be required to pay a development fee. Chelsea are eligible to remuneration for maximizing the player’s abilities, and it is thought that the Blues and Saints have reached an agreement worth £1.5 million.
Dynel Simeu was born in Cameroon but raised in Southampton, so this would be somewhat of a homecoming for him.
He is one of several Chelsea youths on the brink of departing, with Tino Livramento, the club’s ‘Academy Player of the Year,’ near to joining Brighton. Myles Peart-Harris, Ike Ugbo, and Lewis Bate are all on the verge of leaving the club, with Leeds reportedly closing in on the latter.
Tammy Abraham, a 23-year-old academy product, is also expected to depart Chelsea this season, with Arsenal and West Ham reportedly keen for him.
Who is Dynel Simeu?
Dynel Simeu has made an impression across Chelsea’s different junior age groups in recent years, earning a spot on the substitutes against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last season.
Simeu is still yet to make an appearance for Chelsea’s main squad, although he is said to have excelled in 19 outings for the club’s under-23 side last season. He is also believed to have trained with Chelsea’s first squad on a regular basis last summer.
Simeu was a crucial figure in Chelsea’s Premier League 2 title triumph in 2019-20. The center-back is a natural leader, having led Chelsea’s development group and England at different youth levels last season.