Nicolas Jackson: Villarreal forward completes Chelsea medical ahead of signing eight-year deal

Nicolas Jackson has a €35m (£30.1m) release clause in his Villarreal contract; Bournemouth agreed a deal to sign the Senegal international in January but he failed his medical; Jackson scored 13 goals in 38 games for Villarreal last season, outperforming Chelsea’s forwards

The Senegal forward has a €35m (£30.1m) release clause in his Villarreal contract, with the final details on an eight-year contract at Stamford Bridge being finalised.

Jackson emerged as a key target for Chelsea this summer as they look to refresh their forward line having already secured the signature of Christopher Nkunku from German side RB Leipzig.

In all competitions last season, Jackson scored 13 goals and provided five assists for Villarreal and official confirmation of his move to Stamford Bridge is expected in the coming days.

Chelsea have a desperate need to bring in a new No 9 this summer in a bid to resolve the goal-scoring issues that mean Diego Costa remains the last striker to score 20 goals in a season for the club – and that was six years ago.

Those problems came to a head last season when no player scored more than nine goals as Chelsea slumped to 12th in the Premier League, exacerbating the desire to strengthen their forward line.

source: sky sports