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Chelsea prepare Christian Atsu loan

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Chelsea are close to completing a £3m move for Porto winger Christian Atsu - but the 21-year-old looks set to make an immediate move away from Stamford Bridge.

With the transfer on the verge of being completed, it's expected that Atsu will make a temporary switch to Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem, as reported by Goal.com.

Jose Mourinho's side have a long-standing association with Vitesse, with a number of their young starlets enjoying successful spells with the the Eredivisie outfit.

Gael Kakuta, Patrick van Aanholt and Lucas Piazon have all made loan moves to the GelreDome in a bid to continue their football development, and now Atsu looks set to follow suit, with a season-long loan deal in the offing.

Chelsea confirmed the £30 million capture of Brazilian star Willian on Wednesday, and with the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata already vying for a starting berth, Atsu's pathway into the first-team is blocked by a number of world class midfielders.

With that in mind, the Stamford Bridge club have made the decision to loan Atsu out so he can enjoy regular game time in Holland's top tier.

Chelsea are on the verge of completing a cut-price deal for Atsu as the player is entering the final year of his contract, and Porto reluctantly opted to sell instead of risk losing their prized asset for nothing at the end of his current deal.

The Ghana international shot to stardom with Rio Ave two seasons ago, where Atsu earned a reputation for being quick, direct and skilful.

Predominantly left sided, he has won 16 caps to date for the Black Stars, scoring three goals, and was part of the squad that finished fourth in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa earlier this year.

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