Watford Sign Chalobah For £5.5m

Chalobah Signs Five-Year Deal With Watford

Watford

Watford have signed midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea on a permanent basis. Although the transfer fee has not been officially disclosed it is believed the 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal for a transfer fee of £5.5million. Chelsea have included a buy-back option in the deal and there is also a sell-on clause.

Chalobah was on loan at Watford in 2012-13 when the Hornets were in the Championship. He started 38 games that season and was a substitute on four occasions. He has also had past loan spells at Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnley, Reading and Napoli.

The former England under-21 international remained with Chelsea last season. However, nine of his 10 Premier League appearances came off the bench. His only start came against Watford in May. He managed just 159 minutes of league football in 2016-17 though he also made four starts and one substitute appearance in cup competitions.

But the impending arrival of Tiemoue Bakayoko looked set to restrict Chalobah’s game time even further. Chelsea were keen to keep him but he has elected to move on.