Report: Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah linked with loan switch to Bordeaux

Nathaniel Chalobah

Chelsea’s 20-year-old midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is reportedly a transfer target for French club Bordeaux.

Bordeaux head coach Willy Sagnol is said to be tracking the English market for January reinforcements, and a deal for Arsenal’s young forward Yaya Sanogo is reportedly almost complete.

And following the move for Sanogo, the former French international defender could make a surprise offer for Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, who has recently returned to Stamford Bridge after an unsuccessful loan spell with Burnley.

Being restricted by injury immediately upon his arrival, the England Under-21 star made just four appearances for Sean Dyche’s side, failing to stat a game, and hardly benefitting from what should have been a chance at consistent first-team football. It represents a further failed loan move for the youngster, who has seemingly failed to kick-on from the incredible success he enjoyed with Championship side Watford in the 2012/13 season.

Under Gianfranco Zola, it looked as if Chalobah was all but securing his passage into the Blues first-team as a 17-year-old talent, and he was said to be keen on extending his stay with the Hornets for a further season. However, he was offered a new contract, and with Chelsea wanting all the wage packet paid by the loaning club, Watford were priced out of the deal and he joined Nottingham Forest on loan for the first half of the season, before moving to Middlesbrough for the second half to work under Jose Mourinho’s former assistant coach Aitor Karanka.

A number of English clubs remain interested in the youngster - with a return to Middlesbrough likely this month - but ESPN are reporting the Bordeaux interest, as the French club look to consolidate their position as one of a few clubs chasing European qualification in this season’s Ligue 1 campaign.

It is hoped that Chalobah has a bight future in West London, and Mourinho will be looking to send his protege to a club where he is guaranteed first-team football at a high level. A chance to appear regularly in Ligue 1 would likely appeal to the coach, as the level is better than that in the Championship, and, as long as Sagnol assures the youngster playing time, there is no reason why one of England’s best prospects won’t be turning out for Les Girondins come the end of this month.

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