Chelsea have agreed a partnership with Besiktas that could see the Premier League club’s higher-paid players move on loan to the Turkish side, the
Besiktas have the financial power to pay similar wages to the Blues, it is believed, having signed Demba Ba over the summer. Chelsea have agreements with clubs across Europe and have 26 players out on loan, but the wage structure at Stamford Bridge is such that many clubs are priced out of the market.
Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem have a partnership with Chelsea that has seen Josh McEachran, Bertrand Traore and Wallace move to the Eredivisie, while Gael Kakuta is in Spain with Rayo Vallecano. Christian Atsu, meanwhile, remained in England with Everton, having played last year at Vitesse.
Nathaniel Chalobah and Ryan Bertrand are both also getting Premier League experience, at Burnley and Southampton respectively.
A representative from Besiktas met with Chelsea to arrange the partnership when visiting London for his club’s Europa League game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Among the names on Chelsea’s books but playing elsewhere this season are Fernando Torres, who joined Milan, Thorgan Hazard, at Gladbach, and Marko Marin, loaned to Fiorentina.
Think you know your football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG’s tipster competition – £11,000 to be won monthly!