Chelsea complete signing of top teenage defender

Chelsea beaten Premier League rivals Arsenal to the signature of Romanian starlet defender Cristian Manea, according to Viitorul Constanta’s chairman (via the Daily Express).

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The 17-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Blues, but will now likely be sent out on loan to farm club Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands.

Manea comes highly-rated, and though he plays predominantly as a right-back, but can also feature in the heart of the defence or further forward in a defensive midfield position.

The news was broken on Twitter by Romanian sports journalist Emanuel Rosu, who seemed to think that the deal could turn out to be a huge coup for Jose Mourinho.

Since making his breakthrough at Viitorul Constan?a, Manea has gone on to make 31 appearances for the club, scoring twice.

He is also a seasoned international at youth level, featuring at Under-15, U-17 and U-21 levels, and even picked up his first cap for the Romanian senior side in 2014 against Albania.

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