Chelsea midfielder Christian Atsu is a priority for La Liga club Espanyol according to a report.
Spanish newspaper Sport claims the Ghana player could be heading to the club on loan, following a succesful temporary stint at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
The Eredivisie side’s manager Peter Bosz made headlines last month when he claimed “half the Bundesliga and the Premier League” wanted the 22-year-old. And it now seems you can add La Liga to that list.
Sport claims Espanyol are “well positioned in the race to gain his services”, but it could ultimately be Jose Mourinho’s decision as to where he sees Atsu’s development best served.
West Ham United have been linked with the player, and a stay in the Premier League would show the Chelsea boss if Atsu is ready to compete in England. But La Liga served him well in the case of Thibaut Courtois (even if it was not the Portuguese who made that decision).
Atsu made 30 appearances for Vitesse last season, scoring five goals and setting up a further six in that time.
He impressed for Ghana at the World Cup and looks like he could ultimately make it in Chelsea’s first-team, which makes his next loan move potentially vital in his development given the competition for places at Stamford Bridge; competition that is only going to get tougher in the years to come.