According to a report in the Mirror, Chelsea are to send striker Patrick Bamford on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough ahead of the new season.
He will be accompanied at the Riverside outfit by another Chelsea midfielder in George Saville as the Teessiders gun for promotion this season.
The Championship outfit are currently managed by Aitor Karanka, Jose Mourinho’s former no.2 at Real Madrid, and the relationship between the pair could be put to good use.
The Blues are enriched with a number of excellent youth players who could benefit from spending time out on loan to further develop their game and Karanka’s reputation to play football the right way will undoubtedly help his and Boro’s cause.
Of those expected to top Mourinho’s wish list to get valuable first-team experience at a decent level is young striker Patrick Bamford.
The 20-year-old started his career playing for East Midland outfit Nottingham Forest before joining Chelsea on a five-year contract for a reported fee of £1.5 million in January 2012.
After a number of impressive performances for the Chelsea reserve team and MK Dons on loan during the 2012/13 season, it wasn’t until the following campaign that the England U21 international made his mark.
During a six-month loan period up until Christmas 2013, Bamford had netted 17 goals in 30 appearances for MK Dons in all competitions.
His fine form convinced Derby County boss Steve McClaren to gamble on his services until the end of the season, and he went on to score eight goals in 21 games for the Rams taking his 2013/14 total up to 25.
Should he help fire Boro to the Premier League, there is no doubt his reputation as a fine goalscorer will be further enhanced and it will leave Mourinho In a strong position to decide his long-term future next summer.