A Chelsea defender with ‘no chance’ of playing under Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly set to join a Turkish club on loan before the transfer window closes on Friday.
Pochettino has already parted ways with 13 players this summer (and even more including loans) as he looks to ease Financial Fair Play issues and trim his squad.
The manager has opted to go for a centre-back trio of Axel Disasi, Levi Colwill and Thiago Silva so far this season, with Benoit Badiashile and Malang Sarr yet to feature for the Blues.
It now seems that the latter could be set to leave Stamford Bridge this week. According to Football Insider, ‘multiple Turkish clubs’ are ‘ready to move’ for Sarr ahead of their transfer window closing on Friday.
The report notes that any move for the 24-year-old is likely to be an initial loan.
Sarr spent last season on loan with Monaco, where he made 17 appearances in all competitions. The French side ultimately decided against signing him permanently, however.
As per Football Insider’s report, Sarr allegedly has ‘no chance’ of breaking into Pochettino’s plans, and is ‘completely out of the picture’ at the moment.
Incredibly, Pochettino seemed completely unaware of the defender’s existence in an interview last month, replying ‘Who?’ when asked why Sarr hasn’t been involved this season.
He has made just 21 appearances for Chelsea since joining them on a free transfer in 2020. With that in mind, a move away from the Blues may be the best thing for Sarr’s development.
It’s also claimed that Chelsea want to loan him out to ‘put him in a shop window’ and encourage people to buy him at the end of the season.
Sarr earns a reported wage of £120,000 per week at Stamford Bridge, so it’s no surprise that Pochettino is looking to offload him. He has previously had a loan spell at Porto and, as mentioned, at Monaco last season.
The centre-back made his breakthrough at boyhood club OGC Nice, making his debut at 17 years old.
He went on to make 119 appearances in four seasons for the Ligue 1 side, notching three goals and three assists before sealing his move to Chelsea.
Sarr has never lived up to his potential in the Premier League, however. With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if he does join a Turkish club on loan before Friday, as suggested.
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