Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is being linked with a surprise January loan move to Bordeaux, the Ligue 1 club that Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is also poised to join for the rest of the season.
According to ESPN, the 20-year-old has been lined up by Willy Sagnol for a short-term switch to Stade Chaban-Delmas after a relatively unproductive spell with Premier League strugglers Burnley came to an end last week.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is happy for Chalobah to leave Stamford Bridge again this month, but on the basis that he secures more regular first-team football than what was afforded to him during his time at Turf Moor.
The England U21 international made just four appearances for the Clarets in the first half of 2014/15, and Sean Dyche will be lucky to get his hands on another exciting young Chelsea prospect after seemingly going back on previous promises relating to Chalobah's continued development.
The box-to-box midfielder has enjoyed successful loan stints in the Championship with Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough before, but could now be afforded a chance to test himself abroad in the top tier in France.
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With opportunities likely to be limited in west London Chalobah would be foolish to stay put, and that's why Portuguese tactician Mourinho is keen for the talented star to go and get some games under his belt in the hope it will improve his chances of making a senior breakthrough at Chelsea in the future.
A move to the French club could see Chalobah link-up with a familiar face in the form of Sanogo, the Gunners outcast that has reportedly already told Arsene Wenger he'd like to leave the Emirates Stadium to undertake a spell back in his homeland, according to Bordeaux president Jean Louis Tiraud.
The 21-year-old striker has found regular action difficult to come by in north London this term and would also benefit from a consistent run of games, something that Sagnol appears ready to offer to both Premier League outcasts - Sanogo and Chalobah - between now and the end of the season.
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