Gray, who will join his new team-mates this week, is touted as one of England's hottest talents
One of England's brightest talents, Demarai Gray, has agreed terms on a contract which will see him leave boyhood club Birmingham to join League leaders Chelsea, in a deal reportedly worth around £5m over the next 2 years, with the Blue's initial outlay thought to be around £1.7m.
Gray was a revelation last season, scoring 6 times in 41 games for his club, and continued his eye catching form in the first half of this season, netting 3 goals and providing 2 assists in 25 games. The youngster's pace and skill on the wings has been at the heart of his impressive performances, as he has drawn plaudits for that side of his game.
Off the pitch, some fans have been concerned that his meteoric rise to fame might take it's toll on him mentally, with concerns that he would become something of an eccentric personality, as has happened to some of his predecessors as young English starlets.
However, at Chelsea, Gray has some of the finest attacking midfielders in the Premier League to learn from; Eden Hazard, hotly tipped for this year's Balon D'Or, could be an ideal role model for the youngster, who seems to be in dream land after his move.
"Moving to Chelsea really is a dream come true - I cannot thank Birmingham's fans, players and staff enough for everything they have done for me, especially in the last two years. Now, I've got to get my head down, and work on making into the first team here. I know that won't be an instant move, and I've already had some discussions around loan moves and a training programme, and hopefully we can get that in place as fast as possible."
This is Chelsea's first foray into the transfer market this January, but it is unlikely to be their last.