Chelsea have completed the signing of Chile U20 left-back Cristian Cuevas.
The 18-year-old had a trial at Stamford Bridge last year and impressed scouts at the Premier League club.
He has since continued playing for Chilean top-flight side O’Higgins and represented his country in four of their five games at this summer’s FIFA U20 World Cup.
Cuevas mainly plays on the left side of defence but is very competent attacking down the flank and has been known to also play on the wing.
Cuevas played a heavy part of Chile’s success at the Sudamericano U20 tournament in January, which inevitably sees the top performers being scouted by rich European outfits.
He played in that tournament at just 17-years-old, but managed to show maturity and experience in his football, which made him one of the stand-out stars. He primarily played further up the pitch for Chile during that competition, mainly because of the change of management before the tournament which bought a change of style in their play, but the move was good for Cuevas and saw him excel.
South American media are reporting that Chelsea initially bid £2.2 million but O’Higgins wanted to wait for that to be upped to £3.4 million.
The Daily Mirror reported in February that Cuevas would sign a deal with Chelsea and the fee was said to be £1.7 million.
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