Ipswich Town Make Summer Transfer Plan

Ipswich Town are keen to re-sign Omari Hutchinson again next season, although parent club Chelsea are preparing a fresh contract offer, according to TEAMtalk.

The 20-year-old joined the Tractor Boys on a season-long deal last July and has played a key role in Kieran McKenna’s team. Although he took a while to establish himself in the starting XI, he has contributed nine goals and six assists in 43 league appearances and won the Championship’s Player of the Season in February.

The Suffolk-based club are on the verge of a return to the Premier League for the first time in 22 years. Following Monday’s 2-1 win over Coventry City, they need just a point from their final game against Huddersfield Town tomorrow to secure back-to-back promotions.

Hutchinson is likely to be on the team sheet after starting the last eight fixtures. He will then return to Stamford Bridge, where it looks like a decision has been made on his future.

Having signed from Arsenal in 2022, the winger made his debut for the six-time English champions as a second half substitute against Manchester City in January 2023. He is under contract until next summer, although it is now claimed that the Blues are hoping to extend his stay.

Fresh terms are being prepared, but Ipswich are keen for him to return to Portman Road next season. Should that be the case, Chelsea are unlikely to sanction a permanent exit due to his form throughout the campaign, meaning a second loan spell could be on the cards.

Having been capped twice by Jamaica in friendlies, Hutchinson is still eligible to represent England. Speaking last month, the youngster revealed he had turned down call-ups from both countries to focus on achieving promotion with his temporary club:

“I got called up for both England and Jamaica but I said ‘look, for me I want to leave internationals out for this season and focus on getting promotion’,” he told Suffolk News

“There’s a lot of games and my body is quite sore as it’s my first season in men’s football.

“I just said I wanted to leave it all out and focus on Ipswich.”

Writer’s View

Should Ipswich secure promotion to the Premier League, which is looking increasingly likely, this is one move that looks destined to happen. Hutchinson has been a huge hit at Portman Road and he would surely love a crack at playing regular top tier football. The Tractor Boys would likely accommodate that and it suits all parties.

Chelsea are renowned for keeping young players on their books. They regularly use loan spells to see them through their development years and they will have been keeping a close eye on the versatile attacker’s progress. He is unlikely to break into their team anytime soon, hence why a new contract and a fresh temporary move seems the best course of action at this stage.

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