One certainly wouldn’t expect it, but one of Chelsea’s longest serving players in their current squad is ‘Loan Army’ regular Kenneth Omeruo, who joined the club from Standard Liege’s academy back in 2012. Five loan destinations and seven such spells later, the Nigerian international might finally be finding a new home.
After spending the 2018/19 season at CD Léganes in La Liga and representing one of the most important parts on their defense, Omeruo has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Spanish side. Léganes’ first offer of around €4m had supposedly been too low for the Blues and the Spaniards now seem to be upping that bid to €4,5m, if one is to believe local newspaper MARCA.
Unfortunately, reports coming out of England are less than confident that this will be enough to convince Chelsea to finally part ways with their man as the club is holding out for a higher offer in the region of €6m. Despite never having played a single game for the Blues, the defender wants to finally find a permanent home and get this deal done, and who can blame him.
“Leganés is a team that I want to be a part of because their coach and the club trust me, and they want to give me many opportunities. I am happy that they are making efforts, and have increased their offer.”
-Kenneth Omeruo; source: Marca
From a financial perspective, it makes sense for Chelsea to try and squeeze Léganes for that little bit more than they’ve been offering; however, seeing that we generally let those wanting to leave do exactly that, an agreement between the two clubs will nevertheless likely happen sooner rather than later.
Despite not being able to buy this summer, moving on players who’ll realistically never have a shot at Stamford Bridge, as well as those deemed surplus to requirements, both of which arguably applies to Kenneth Omeruo, is currently the main objective. By doing so, Chelsea will hopefully free up all the time they need to concentrate on buying next summer. At least, we can hope that’s what will happen.
Written by Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC)