Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol has confirmed that he's in advanced talks to sign Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on loan for the rest of the season, with confirmation of the six-month loan switch expected in the next 24 hours.
Chalobah spent the first of the campaign with Burnley, but failed to make a serious impact and didn't get anywhere near the regular game time Blues boss Jose Mourinho had anticipated when agreeing to that deal.
The 20-year-old didn't start a single Premier League game for the Clarets and had to make do with just four substitute appearances, but Sagnol is clearly ready to offer assurances over a far more important role in Bordeaux's attempts to qualify for Europe during the second half of the season.
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Sagnol was asked about a potential move for Chalobah at his pre-match press conference for the Ligue 1 showdown with Monaco earlier today, responding positively and insisting he is confident the deal will be done and dusted shortly.
The controversial coach did pour scorn over one strong transfer story involving a Premier League club though, revealing that despite his best efforts Yaya Sanogo won't be joining Chalobah in the south of France this season.
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Bordeaux had targeted Sanogo as cover for star striker Cheick Diabate, who has been ruled out for three-four months by a knee injury.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has rejected Bordeaux's loan offer though, deciding that he wants the raw forward to gain Premier League experience with a domestic loan switch this month rather than go back to France.
That snub has helped Chelsea find a new temporary home for Chalobah, with Bordeaux focusing all their efforts on wrapping a deal for the England under-21 international.
It promises to be a very interesting switch to Chalobah, who will experience a slower tempo of football but hopefully get the game time in a top European league that his talent merits between now and the close of the campaign.