Chelsea are weighing up a move for Cameroon youngster Fabrice Olinga after the 18-year-old was recommended to Italian side Sampdoria by former Blues ace Samuel Eto’o.
The 18-year-old, who already has eight caps for his national side, has been on trial with the Serie A outfit since being put forward by Eto’o, and it’s claimed that has alerted Chelsea, who could move to hijack any attempt Sampdoria make at clinching his signature.
According to the Daily Mail Olinga, who has played for Malaga since the start of his professional career, is now set to be at the centre of a transfer wrangle, though then that will take place remains to be seen.
With the January transfer window set to shut imminently it would appear any move for the diminutive forward will be carried out in the summer, although plenty could change in the next few hours.
Eto'o at Sampdoria
Eto’o himself has only just arrived at Sampdoria, having exchanged Goodison Park for the Stadio Luigi Ferraris earlier this month. Despite only recently moving to Everton the Cameroon star, who has enjoyed a glittering career at clubs such as Barcelona, Inter Milan and most recently Chelsea, decided that a transfer to Italy was too good to turn down, and it’s likely he’ll now finish his career there.
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Chelsea loan policy
As for his influence on Jose Mourinho’s transfer plans it will probably won’t come as a surprise to Blues fans that their club is considering a move for a rising young star. Stamford Bridge can boast a number of exciting players currently out on loan, and Chelsea have garnered quite the reputation for hoarding those they expect to do well in the future.
Of course this tactic has generated large amounts of criticism in the past, with the club having stifled the careers of certain players once tipped for big things. Of the current squad only first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can speak positively of the loan scheme Chelsea have adopted in recent years, with even the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne having failed to make the grade with the west London giants.