Lazio left it late to snap up Gaël Kakuta, pouncing in the final hours of the January transfer window to secure a loan deal.
The 22-year-old is widely seen as a huge talent for the future but owners Chelsea haven't found space for him at Stamford Bridge so far.
Kakuta signed for Chelsea in 2007 from French side Lens in a controversial transfer as the West London side were fined by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber due to a breach of the player's contract.
However, Chelsea later successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on the grounds that Kakuta's contract with Lens was not valid.
To date, Kakuta has made just six appearances for Chelsea and has been sent out on loan to Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse and now Lazio.
Lazio will be hoping that they can finally get the best out of the winger, who has represented France at every age group from Under-16 to Under-21.
Presuming that he passes the medical, Kakuta will be available to Lazio boss Edy Reja for the rest of the season and the Biancocelesti will have the chance to try and negotiate a permanent deal in the summer.
However, it seems unlikely that Chelsea would allow Kakuta to leave as they see him as a potential star of the future.
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