Report - Manea to Chelsea wage deal revealed, Vitesse loan arranged

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Chelsea will reportdedly loan out Cristian Manea upon signing the 17-year-old this January.

Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor has given more details on the reported deal, which will see Cristian Manea move to Stamford Bridge this winter.

Reports recently suggested that a deal had been agreed for the FC Viitorul defender to move to the Blues this winter, with further details emerging about the deal.

The paper claims that Chelsea will pay the 17-year-old an initial wage of around €20,000 and will loan him to Dutch partners Vitesse Arnhem over the second half of the season in order for him to gain experience.

A loan deal is a good idea for several reasons because the Blues have one of the most competitive youth setups in the country.

Manea is obviously nowhere near senior football at the moment, which means he’d go into the under-18 and under-21 development sides at the club, which already have several good players fighting hard to get into the first team.

What Jose Mourinho will be looking for from the loan deal is progression and wanting the youngster to place pressure on him and his academy coaches at Chelsea.

It will be interesting to see how Vitesse use him should the loan deal go through as reported.

Although the standard of Eredivisie football is lower than the Premier League, it will still be a huge risk for the Dutch side to use someone so young and inexperienced in their back four.

He’s a regular for Vittorul but it’s still a big step up and if he can make an impression in any senior appearances for Vitesse, Mourinho has to pay attention considering the calibre and talent of Kurt Zouma and Tomas Kalas, who featured in the Chelsea first team at the end of last season.

If Chelsea close out the deal officially then a loan move to Vitesse makes sense all round and Manea can use it as an excuse to earn himself a larger contract when he does feature in the Chelsea youth ranks more consistently.

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