Chelsea agree deal for Chile starlet despite tragedy

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Chelsea have agreed the transfer of Chile youngster Cristian Cuevas, despite his club recently suffering a major tragedy, according to reports in Chile.

Newspaper La Tercera claims the Stamford Bridge club have come to an agreement with club O’Higgins for the 17-year-old midfielder.

The report says Roman Abramovich has sanctioned a £1.7million deal for the Chile Under-20 star and that it will be completed in the summer when the transfer window reopens.

A deal was reportedly close last weekend after comments from Cuevas’ agent but it was believed the finalising of the contract would be delayed after tragedy stuck the Chilean club.

On Saturday a coach carrying O’Higgins fans back from an away fixture crashed, killing 16 people and leading the following match to be cancelled.

ppears as though the game on Friday is back onThe club went into mourning and negotiations were put on hold, but it now a and Chelsea were able to land their man.

Cuevas is a left-sided winger and was impressive in Chile’s campaign at the South American Youth Championships held in Argentina last month, scoring two goals in eight games.

It is unlikely Cuevas will go straight into the Blues first team squad at such a young age, especially as they already have the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Marko Marin and Victor Moses who all occupy similar roles.

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