Aston Villa midfielder is yet to commit his future to the club and could depart from Steven Gerrard’s squad this summer.
The highly-rated midfielder was expected to sign a new deal after his 18th birthday back in October but he is yet to do so. And the latest reports claim that several European giants are chasing the youngster’s signature.
Chukwuemeka started his first top-flight game in the 1-1 draw with Brentford in August which was his only appearance under Dean Smith last season, having made two appearances in the club’s final two games of the 2020/21 campaign, including his debut against Tottenham Hotspur. He then went on to make a further 11 appearances last season under Gerrard, including a start against Burnley in May.
However, Chukwuemeka is yet to pen fresh terms at Villa despite being handed a reasonable amount of appearances under the Liverpool legend. And the Express claim that Borussia Dortmund are ‘serious’ about signing the Villa youth star.
The claims come after Spanish outlet SPORT reported that Barcelona held a meeting over the signing of Chukwuemeka. They claimed that Mateu Alemany and Jordi Cruyff held a meeting with the teenager’s agent, to discuss bringing him to Catalonia.
The longer Chukwuemeka deliberates over signing a new contract the more he will continue to be linked with moves away, as Barcelona, Arsenal and Dortmund fight for his signature, according to speculation in the media. And the Daily Mail claims Chukwuemeka is being monitored by Dortmund as they believe that he can follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham.
Back in January, Gerrard issued a blunt response to Chukwuemeka’s future, and said: “We want him to sign and to extend and reward him for what we’ve seen so far. We’ve got big aspirations and a big road map for Carney but, in terms of answering your question, there’s only one person who can answer and that’s Carney.”
BirminghamLive asked Gerrard earlier in March if talks have progressed over Chukwuemeka extending his stay beyond 2023, and his response was telling. He said: “No, no. As far as I know they haven’t progressed. We’ve done everything we can from our side to try and make them progress. I’m not sure where that’s up to at the moment.”