Chelsea Officially Sign Estevao Willian From Brazilian Club, Palmeiras

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Chelsea have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Brazilian youngster Estevao Willian from Palmeiras.

The Blues’ club statement confirming the addition of the prolific forward to the club’s array of young talents reads:

“Chelsea Football Club has agreed a deal to sign teenage forward Estevao Willian from Palmeiras, with the Brazilian to officially join Chelsea next summer.”

Estevao emerged as a top target for European clubs after a prolific outing both for Palmeiras and Brazil Youth. La Liga giants Barcelona were linked to a move for the player with Arsenal also mentioned in the race for the teenage attacking sensation.

Known for his speed and insane dribbling skills, including a knack for scoring goals, the 17-year-old was thrust into the spotlight in 2023 after he deservedly earned his promotion into Palmeiras first team.

He got off to a prolific start, cementing his place in the squad with 13 appearances in the Brazilian top flight. He found the back of the net twice and earned rave reviews for his contributions to the team.

Estevao Willian

Meanwhile, reports claimed Chelsea were on the verge of losing out on the race for the youngster before they suddenly stepped up proceedings as interest from rival European clubs began to soar.

The Blues quickly broker an agreement on personal terms with the player and proceeded into negotiations with Palmeiras.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Estevao had a €55m release clause on his contract and Chelsea were ready to trigger the deal to complete the move. As per multiple reports, the Blues will fork out a total of £56m for the deal which has now been sealed.

The Brazil U-17 star has been tipped to hit the peak of his football career following sterling individual performances for Palmeiras and the Brazil youth team.

He made 5 appearances for Brazil U-17, scoring thrice, and is a top candidate to transition to Brazil U-20 following his standout performances.

Estevao Willian

Estevao Willian is a Brazilian and Chelsea-bound youngster, playing as a winger for Palmeiras in Brasileiro Serie A. Willian will join Chelsea as their new player in the summer of 2025.

Estevao Willian Career

Estevao Willian began his career in 2017 with Cruzeiro youth. He played for four years for Cruzeiro Youth before he joined Palmeiras Academy in 2021. After two years with Palmeiras youth, Estevao was promoted to Palmeiras first team in 2023. He made 11 Brasileiro Serie A appearances for the club, scoring two goals.

Estevao Willian stats

In all competitions, Estevao Willian made 15 appearances for Palmeiras, scoring 3 goals. He also made 5 appearances for Brazil U-17, scoring 3 goals.

Willian Estevao’s style of play

Estevao is regarded as another ‘Lionel Messi’ in the making. He is known for his great dribbling skills, creativity, and blistering pace. He earned his nickname, ‘Messinho’ due to the similarities between his style of play and Lionel Messi’s.

Estevao Chelsea contract

Willian’s Chelsea contract has yet to be confirmed. However, sources close to the player reveal he is expected to sign a long-term contract that could span seven years. He will join Chelsea in the summer of 2025.

Estevao Willian transfer value

According to Transfermarkt, Estevao Willian is valued at £27m. Chelsea will pay an upfront payment of £29m with an add-on of £20m for the player.

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