Outgoing Chelsea central-defender Marc Guehi turned down the offer of a new contract at Stamford Bridge earlier this year, as he prepares to seal a move to Crystal Palace, football.london understands.
The 21-year-old is poised to join the Eagles on a long-term deal after they reached an agreement with Chelsea for a permanent transfer.
Guehi recently returned to Stamford Bridge following a season-long loan stint at Championship club Swansea City, in which he so nearly helped them secure promotion back to the Premier League.
The youngster cemented himself as one of the best central-defenders playing outside of England’s top flight last term, suggesting that he would get the chance to prove his worth under Thomas Tuchel this forthcoming campaign.
However, despite having trained with the first-team squad since pre-season recently got underway, Guehi is now poised to seal a move to Palace, subject to him passing a medical.
If all goes to plan, Palace could officially unveil Guehi, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this week, within the next 48 hours.
In Palace, Guehi should find exactly that. Under new manager Patrick Vieira, every player will be starting afresh at Selhurst Park, meaning Guehi should find himself in the exact same position as seasoned Palace players when it comes to battling it out for starting spot in the Premier League each week.
The defender joined Chelsea at the age of just nine-years-old and blossomed into one of the brightest young defenders in English football. He was awarded first-team minutes by Frank Lampard during the 2019/20 campaign and left a lasting impact on the former Chelsea head coach.
Lampard, also discussing fellow youngster Billy Gilmour, said: “I thought Billy [Gilmour] and Marc Guehi were both really good, Marc was as comfortable as anything.
“I’ve come away from tonight – obviously, we don’t want to lose and we know where this is in the competition – but at the same time, there’s lots of positives.
“In the bigger picture, Marc Guehi’s performance showed that he’s more than comfortable at this level and Billy the same, he was bright.”
Guehi will leave Stamford Bridge with just two Chelsea first-team appearances to his name.