Chelsea confirm signing of Kendry Paez from Independiente del Valle.
Independiente del Valle midfielder Kendry Paez, 16, will join the club in the summer of 2025 after becoming 18 years old, according to a statement released by Chelsea.
Paez is regarded as one of South America’s most promising young players, and he recently made a strong impression in the Under-20 World Cup, contributing to one goal and three assists in Ecuador’s four games in the tournament.
Prior to leaving for international duty, Paez agreed to a massive transfer to Chelsea that, according to reports, could be worth up to €20 million if all incentives are reached. This would be a record-breaking sum for a player of his age. The Blues have since confirmed the transfer.
“Chelsea Football Club has agreed a deal to sign teenage midfielder Kendry Paez from Independiente del Valle,” a statement read.
“The Ecuadorian, who will join Chelsea after his 18th birthday, has already built a reputation in South America as one of the brightest and most creative young talents around, thanks to his combination of skilful dribbling along with the vision and technique to open up defences with his passing.
“Paez caught the eye by finding the net on his senior debut for his club this year, becoming the youngest debutant and scorer in the Ecuadorian top flight. He has six senior appearances to his name this season in addition to making his continental debut in a 2-1 Copa Libertadores win over Corinthians at the start of May.”
Chelsea Football Club has agreed a deal to sign teenage midfielder Kendry Paez from Independiente del Valle! ✍️
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) June 5, 2023