The next three loan army stars who could land Chelsea a tidy profit
According to reports from The Northern Echo, Chelsea are set to sell promising striker Patrick Bamford to former loan club Middlesbrough in a £6million deal, potentially rising to £10million.
In the grand scheme of things, that may not seem like a particularly significant sum, considering Manchester United set a new world-record £90-odd-million transfer fee on midfielder Paul Pogba just a matter of months ago.
But scratch a little deeper, and this is a fantastic deal for Chelsea. They’re picking up a potential £10million for a player they signed for just £1.5million five years ago, without issuing him a single first-team appearance in the meantime.
So how have the Blues added £8.5million to the 23-year-old’s value? Loan spells, of course! Indeed, Bamford has spent the last half-decade as part of the west London outfit’s globe-spanning loan army, most notably impressing in the Football League.
And he’s by no means the first youngster to generate Chelsea a healthy profit despite hardly kicking a ball at senior level; the Blues famously picked up massive turnovers on Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, no matter how short-sighted their decisions to sell may now seem.
It all begs the question of who could be the next member of Chelsea’s loan brigade to fetch the club a handsome fee. FootballFanCast take a look at THREE potential candidates…