Galatasaray Target Promising Chelsea FC Winger For Loan Deal


Chelsea FC may be set to send out yet another of their youngsters on loan, with Christian Atsu garnering interest after the termination of his Bournemouth deal.

Turkish side Galatasaray are reportedly preparing a bid to take young Chelsea FC winger Christian Atsu on loan, according to the Turkish newspaper Fotomac.

Reports suggest that initial talks have taken place between the two clubs, and Fotomac states that Galatasaray are pushing for a €5 million buy-out clause in the deal.

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The Ghanaian spent the first half of this season away from Chelsea FC, after joining newly-promoted Bournemouth on loan in the summer. However, Atsu returned to his parent club last week after failing to break into the first team. He made just two appearances in the Capital One Cup for the Cherries this season although injuries did hamper him at times.

Since joining Chelsea in 2013, Atsu is yet to make an appearance for the Blues and has been shipped out on loan to two other clubs. He spent a year in Holland with Vitesse, where he played 28 times and scored five goals. Following his success there, he was picked up on loan by Everton in 2014 and made 13 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, racking up a few vital assists during his time at Goodison Park.

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The Ghanaian has played 42 times for his national team, and has nine international goals to his name. He featured in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, guiding his team to the final, before being awarded both the Player of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament awards.

A loan move to Turkey would be beneficial for all the parties involved, with Atsu gaining vital first team experience, and Galatasaray signing a player that has the ability to push them towards the top of the table.

After winning the title last year, the club are currently in third place in the Turkish Super Lig, with 30 points from 17 games. Like Chelsea, they have made a disappointing start to the season, and are looking to boost their squad before the league campaign resumes on January 17.

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Undoubtedly questions will be raised regarding whether Atsu could be used in the Blues senior squad. The fact of the matter is that he would just rot away devoid of game time if he were to stay at Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old should try and push a loan deal through as it presents his best opportunity to continue his development after some recent setbacks.