Chelsea agree €14m deal with FC Basel for Renato Veiga

Chelsea have agreed a €14million deal with FC Basel for versatile full-back Renato Veiga.

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The Blues, after the appointment of new manager Enzo Maresca in May, have shown great intent in the ongoing summer transfer window. They have been the busiest Premier League club in the transfer window, bringing in five players already.

The Pensioners recently concluded the deal for Leicester City star Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who follows Tosin Adarabioyo, Marc Guiu and Omari Kellyman through the door. Brazilian teenager Estevao Willian will also join from Palmeiras next term, as Chelsea continue their approach of collecting young gems from all across the globe under the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership.

Now, Renato Veiga is expected to be Chelsea’s latest recruit. The Portuguese is reportedly set to undergo his medical ahead of having his switch to Stamford Bridge rubber-stamped until 2023.

Renato Veiga’s versatility will be an asset for Chelsea

Renato Veiga lacks experience at the highest level and isn’t a household name yet, but he could soon become one following his potential switch to Chelsea. He made 26 appearances across all competitions for FC Basel during the 2023/24 season after arriving from Sporting CP.

Before joining Basel last summer, the Portuguese youth international spent the second half of the 2022/23 season on loan at FC Augsburg from Sporting CP. At Augsburg, he oscillated from left-back to centre-back, spending most of his first campaign with Basel in defensive midfield. This proves Veiga’s versatility and how big an asset he can be for Enzo Maresca’s Chelsea side, especially as an inverted full-back under the Italian tactician.

Chelsea have identified the Portuguese youngster as a left-back option, meaning he will be in line to compete with Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella for a regular spot in Maresca’s XI. With Cucurella starring for Spain at the 2024 Euro in Germany, Chilwell may find his future at Stamford Bridge in doubt once Veiga’s transfer is completed.

At 20, Veiga is understandably still raw in many aspects of his game which Maresca and his coaching staff will look to refine. Given his talent and flexibility to operate in many positions, the Lisbon-born man could prove to be a valuable long-term addition to Chelsea.

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