After seven fruitless years with Chelsea, Gael Kakuta may finally be given an escape from his Chelsea nightmare in the form of Rayo Vallecano, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.
The Spanish side are said to be frontrunners for his signature and are confident of getting the Frenchman at a knock-down price, with only a year left to run on his contract. Sporting Lisbon and fellow La Liga side Elche were also in the frame for the young midfielder, but Rayo have emerged as favourites.
The Frenchman has been loaned to five different clubs since moving to Stamford Bridge as a fledgling 18-year-old. Now 23, Kakuta’s career has stalled.
Kakuta went on loan in search of regular first team football, but was limited to sporadic substitute appearances. All twelve of his Eredivise appearances for Vitesse last season came from the bench.
After a year and a half with Vitesse, Kakuta was recalled, only to be loaned out again in January to Lazio. Italy looked a permanent destination for the 23-year-old, but they too washed their hands of him and let his return parent club with only five minutes of Serie A football to show for his efforts.
What has become abundantly clear is that Kakuta will not get his chance with the Blues. He has made only 12 appearances for Chelsea during his entire career, the last of which came back in 2010. After a spate of ill-fated loan moves, his club are looking to get shot of the once promising midfielder once and for all.
Kakuta has still shown good technical ability, but is no where near the level he could have reached with regular first-team football. Regardless, he can still add something to this ever changing Rayo Vallecano side.
Vallecano have already recruited heavily this season, as they look to build on their impressive 12th place finish last season. Los Franjirrojos have already signed nine players, including Derek Boateng and Alejandro Pozuelo from Fulham and Swansea City respectively.
Rayo will need to be at their best as they start their season of against champions and fellow Madrid side Atletico on August 24.