Cole Palmer: Chelsea are close to signing the Manchester City striker

Cole Palmer came to Manchester City at the age of seven

Chelsea are close to signing Manchester City and England Under-21 striker Cole Palmer.

It is understood that the clubs have yet to agree terms, but a move is likely as early as this summer.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has said the Blues may bring in one more attacking player this transfer window, but insists the new signing will have to fit the right “profile”.

Palmer can play in a variety of positions up front and in midfield.

He was part of the English youth party which won the European Under-21 Championship this summerand is a product of the Municipal Academy.

The 21-year-old has started the season well for City, scoring in both the UEFA Super Cup win over Sevilla and the Community Shield loss to Arsenal.

City manager Pep Guardiola has previously said Palmer will not be allowed to leave on loan. West Ham were interested in signing him earlier this summer but it was thought to be a loan move.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said he “can’t talk about players who don’t belong to us” when asked about Palmer on Wednesday.

“I don’t know anything at the moment,” said Pochettino from his side 2-1 victory in the Carabao Cup over AFC Wimbledon.

“The club didn’t tell me. I don’t want to talk about a player who still hasn’t signed a contract.”

Asked if Chelsea would make any further moves in the transfer window, which ends on Friday, Pochettino added: “Maybe yes, maybe not. Maybe you know better than me what’s going on.”

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