Chelsea sign Christian Atsu

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Chelsea have confirmed the capture of highly-rated young winger Christian Atsu, according to BBC Sport.

The player signed from Porto for a fee of £3.5 million and has immediately been loaned to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem to continue his development, experience a different footballing culture and start to form a bond with potential future teammates such as Lucas Piazon and Patrick van Aanholt.

The 21-year old Ghanaian international has been plying his trade with Porto in the Portuguese Primeira Liga for the past two years and has impressed enough for Europe’s elite to come sniffing around. He was initially signed and introduced to Porto by Andre Villas-Boas and in his first season picked up Porto's youth player of the year award.

He clearly impressed AVB as Spurs, along with Liverpool, were reportedly interested in signing him this summer, But once again however it appears Chelsea have beaten their rivals in the race for his signature. 

At 21, it is still hard to see the sort of future Atsu will have in the Premier League. When you compare him to Hazard at 21 it is apparent that there is a lot of developing still to do. However, having said that, when you compare virtually any player to Hazard at 21 you would draw the same conclusions.

In nine starts for club and country last season Atsu scored two goals and registered one assist. This summer, he played five games for Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and also bagged himself a goal. Atsu evidently has a productive side to his game and he now just needs to be refined and polished and a few seasons of Dutch football should be the perfect file for his rough edges.

Ultimately, this is a deal for the future and it could be some time before we see Atsu in the Chelsea first team - in fact it may never actually happen. When compared with the players he will be competing with like Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle, it is evident he has a way to go before he will be pushing them for a starting spot.

It does, however, represent good business. At £3.5 million, even if Atsu never makes it into the Chelsea team he will almost certainly provide a decent profit from resale.

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