According to reports from Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) Serie A side Napoli are considering a summer move for Chelsea’s on-loan forward Bertrand Traore after he impressed with Ajax this season.
When it comes to Chelsea’s loan system, people either love it or they hate it, but you cannot deny that it works for the Premier League champions.
As the Blues were crowned champions in Antonio Conte’s first season as manager, no less than 37 on-loan players will have been watching on from their respective temporary bases having been deemed surplus to requirements for the season back in August.
The west Londoners are often criticised for shipping out too many players, however, in the long run the club always seem to benefit from a healthy sale price having given their youngsters plenty of first team experience elsewhere, and it seems another could be on his way this summer.
Having scored 13 goals and picking up a further six assists in all competitions for Ajax this season 21-year-old Traore is attracting Serie A big boys Napoli, who are looking to add depth to their squad in the wide areas ahead of next season, with reports suggesting that Roman Abramovich could land €20m (around £17m) for the Burkina Faso international.
Furthermore, officials at Stamford Bridge will have been buoyed by the claims that Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis would ‘gladly go after’ their youngster.
One gripe for some Chelsea fans is that it has been far too long since they have seen ‘one of their own’ come through the ranks and really establish themselves in the first team squad, no one since soon to be departed captain John Terry has truly made it.
Having broken into the side at the back end of last season and featuring heavily in Conte’s pre-season plans there was a sense that this could have been the year for Traore. However, having been shipped out on loan and with his parent club persistently linked with some of the top attacking talent in Europe, a future at the Bridge seems a long way off.