Chelsea Women have completed the signing of American forward Mia Fishel from Tigres.

The 22-year-old has signed a two-year deal worth $250,000 (£196,000) over her contract period.

After sources said in July that Mia Fishel would be moving to Chelsea from Tigres, the deal is now complete with both clubs announcing the move on Friday.

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She said: “I’m super excited, it’s a dream come true and everything that I’ve worked for since I was a kid until now. It’s all worth it and it’s all paid off because now I’m playing for one of the best clubs in the world.

“I’m excited to know London, to meet the people and get to know everybody. I’m blessed and excited to start this journey with Chelsea.”

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes added: “Mia is an exceptional finisher whose box presence and movement make her elite. She can also create something from nothing and her prime years are to come.”

According to a source, initially playing in Mexico and attracting the attention of a bigger profile club was always the plan for Fishel.

Chelsea have been interested in Fishel since the beginning of the year, if not longer.

Fishel has represented the USWNT 28 times at youth international level.

She netted 13 goals in six matches as the USWNT claimed the Under-20 CONCACAF Championship in 2020, a record for any U.S. youth national team player in any CONCACAF competition.

Is this a good move for Fishel?

Analysis by Stephanie Yang

While Chelsea’s roster is indeed crowded, no one is expecting Fishel to immediately knock Sam Kerr off her starting perch. This is a move that should benefit all parties: Chelsea deepen their bench, Tigres get a transfer fee, and Fishel gets to train every day with an experienced international striker while also perhaps developing an on-field relationship with Catarina Macario, which could start to look very attractive to the eyes of the US coaching staff in a couple years’ time.

Fishel is only 22, and the sense is that she has plenty of time to keep developing as a player and work her way into national team consideration.



How Mia Fishel has settled in Mexico with Tigres Femenil

(Photo: Alfredo Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images)

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