Nicolas Jackson, recently awarded La Liga player of the month in May, scored an impressive nine goals in the final eight league games of the season for Villarreal.
Jackson, 22, displayed his prowess by scoring 13 goals during his 38 appearances last season in the La Liga, contributing nine of these goals during the final eight league games.
He is the second major acquisition by Chelsea this summer, following the £52m signing of French striker Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.
“He is a young player brimming with potential,” voiced co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley. “We are confident he is prepared for this next career phase, and eagerly anticipate his contributions under the guidance of our new head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, and alongside his Chelsea teammates.”
While the official fee remains undisclosed, it is rumored Chelsea will pay £32m for Jackson.
Pochettino is actively reconstructing Chelsea’s squad, with a string of prominent departures already finalized over the past week, and more in the pipeline.
Key departures include German forward Kai Havertz, joining Arsenal in a £65m deal, and Manchester City’s acquisition of Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic for an initial £25m. Senegalese players Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly are now part of Saudi clubs, while N’Golo Kante is set to join Saudi champions Al-Ittihad. Moreover, winger Hakim Ziyech is reportedly eyeing a move to the Saudi Pro League, while English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek finalized his move to AC Milan last Friday.
As Mauricio Pochettino steps in, how will Chelsea adapt?
Earlier this year, Bournemouth proposed a £20.3m deal for Jackson, but despite his three-goal tally from 24 games across all competitions, the deal fell through post-medical.
Jackson made a strong comeback for Villarreal in March, earning the La Liga player of the month award in May, and contributing significantly to his team’s fifth-place finish and subsequent Europa League qualification.
During the World Cup earlier in the season, Jackson debuted for Senegal against the Netherlands in the group stage. He added two more caps in June, assisting in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Benin and a 4-2 friendly victory over Brazil in Lisbon, Portugal.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nicolas Jackson Chelsea signing
Who is the new player that Chelsea has signed?
Chelsea has signed Nicolas Jackson, a forward from Senegal, from the La Liga side Villarreal, on an eight-year contract.
How many goals did Nicolas Jackson score last season?
Nicolas Jackson scored 13 goals in 38 appearances last season for Villarreal. He was particularly impressive towards the end of the season, scoring nine goals in the final eight league games.
Who was Chelsea’s first summer signing before Jackson?
Before Nicolas Jackson, Chelsea signed Christopher Nkunku, a striker from France, from RB Leipzig for a deal worth £52m.
Who is Chelsea’s new head coach?
Chelsea’s new head coach is Mauricio Pochettino.
How much did Chelsea pay for Nicolas Jackson?
The exact amount has not been officially disclosed, but it’s widely reported that Chelsea paid £32m for Nicolas Jackson.
Which other players have recently left Chelsea?
Several high-profile players have recently departed from Chelsea, including Kai Havertz (to Arsenal), Mateo Kovacic (to Manchester City), Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly (to Saudi clubs), and N’Golo Kante (to Saudi champions Al-Ittihad). Hakim Ziyech is also reported to be considering a move to the Saudi Pro League, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek has moved to AC Milan.
What was Jackson’s performance in the World Cup and other international matches?
Jackson debuted for Senegal in the World Cup earlier in the season in a group stage match against the Netherlands. He added two more caps in June, assisting in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Benin and a friendly win over Brazil in Lisbon, Portugal.