West Bromwich Albion are nearing a deal that would see Trevoh Chalobah move to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by London News Online, who claim that the Chelsea defensive midfielder looks set to complete a move to West Brom within the next week.
The report goes on to state that Thomas Tuchel’s side are more than happy to part with the 22-year-old this summer, with Blues not thought to even be demanding a transfer fee for the former England U21 international, despite having two years left to run on his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
With Valerien Ismael being extremely short of options in both defensive and central midfield ahead of next season – with only Jake Livermore, Alex Mowatt and Romaine Sawyers capable of playing in the middle of the park – the fact that the club are believed to be nearing a deal for Chalobah is sure to have left the Frenchman buzzing, particularly as it appears the Chelsea youngster will not cost Albion a penny.
Indeed, considering how impressive Chalobah was while on loan at FC Lorient last term, if the £3.15m-rated man can go on to replicate his form at The Hawthorns next season, it is not a difficult scenario to imagine the 22-year-old being considered one of the signings of the season.
The £12k-per-week man also impressed going forwards, scoring two goals, providing two assists and creating one big chance for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 0.3 key passes and taking 0.5 shots per league fixture.
These metrics saw the man Paul Lambert dubbed a “complete” midfielder earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.87, ranking him as Lorient’s joint fourth-best performer in Ligue 1, playing a huge part in the club impressively avoiding the drop.
As such, it would very much seem as if the Chelsea man would be a fantastic addition to Ismael’s side for a figure of somewhere around £5m, let alone costing the club absolutely nothing.