Chelsea have agreed a deal for Aston Villa teenager Carney Chukwuemeka.

The 18-year-old midfielder had been frozen out by manager Steven Gerrard after refusing to sign an extension to his contract which expires next summer.

Gerrard left the midfielder out of the club's pre-season tour of Australia and he has been training with the under-23s. Gerard was understood to have put a £20million price tag on the player.

"Aston Villa and Chelsea can confirm that the clubs have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Carney Chukwuemeka," said a Villa statement.

"The 18-year-old has been given permission to travel to London to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical."

Chukwuemeka, who turns 19 in October, made his first-team debut in May 2021 and last season made 13 appearances but has made just two Premier League starts.

The Blues have also completed a permanent move for 18-year-old Chicago Fire keeper Gabriel Slonina.

The teenager has signed a six-year deal and will be loaned back to the Major League Soccer club until the end of their season before joining up with his new employers at the start of 2023.

Slonina, the youngest goalkeeper to start an MLS match at the age of 17 years and 81 days, received his first senior call-up for the United States in December when he was named among the substitutes for a 1-0 friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Leno is moving across London

Elsewhere, German international keeper Bernd Leno has completed his move to promoted Fulham from Arsenal after signing a three-year contract.

The Cottagers, who have the option of a further 12 months, have agreed a deal reportedly worth up to £8million for the 30-year-old, for whom the Gunners paid around £20million when they signed him from Bayer Leverkusen in June 2018.

Leno, who lost his place to Aaron Ramsdale last season, told FFCtv: "It feels amazing to finally be here. I can't wait to join the team, to train and play with the team.

"I’m relieved that everything is done. I’m just happy to be here. It took a little bit of time, but in the end we made it and that’s the most important thing."

Leno, who had 304 games for Leverkusen under his belt by the time he arrived in North London, kept 37 clean sheets in his 125 appearances for Arsenal.

Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan said: "Bernd Leno is the goalkeeper whom we have pursued steadfastly throughout this transfer window, and we’re very excited that we’ve reached a transfer agreement and he’s now fully committed to Fulham.

"He has played at the highest level, and he’ll bring this experience and his leadership to our team. He’ll be a great addition to [head coach] Marco’s [Silva] squad, who are all excited for the season ahead."