Chelsea are in negotiations to make Portuguese club Vitoria de Setubal the first port of call when it comes to loanee players on the Blues’ books, as they feel Vitoria could offer their youngsters the best surroundings in which to develop.
Chelsea’s system of offering talented young players the chance to get first-team football in foreign leagues before attempting to win a place in the club’s first-team has been heavily scrutinised in recent years, but it’s only possible because of the feeder teams they have in place - think Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, who have taken numerous starlets on loan in the past.
Now though, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, an agreement could be reached that sees Vitoria become the new go-to-location for Chelsea’s would-be stars, even detailing exactly which 10 players could move between the two clubs if the negotiations are successful.
According to the report in question Uli Davila, Mario Pasalic, Gael Kakuta, Matej Delac, John Swift, Lewis Baker, Nathaniel Chalobah, Josh McEachran, Wallace and Bertrand Traore could all end up moving to Vitoria for temporary spells in Portugal, with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to move up to Mourinho’s first-team in time for next season.
A Bola report
Of the pack mentioned Chalobah, Kakuta, Wallace and Traore are the most notable names, though all are obviously gifted having survived the rigorous selection policy at Stamford Bridge up until now.
If any of them do move they’ll cement Vitoria’s place as Chelsea’s primary feeder, a status sure to help them just as much as the Blues.
Naturally many are critical of the west London giants’ methods when it comes to their development schemes. At the moment a total of 22 players who are on Chelsea’s books are out on loan - including first-team winger Mohamed Salah - but many of those aren’t likely to ever play for the starting XI at Stamford Bridge.
Such a stat is damning when player happiness is taken into account, with many having accused the Blues of simply using their scouting network to recruit players of high potential only to turn them into cash cows when they sell them on after a certain age.
Chelsea fans, what do you think to the club’s youth policy? Do you think forming agreements with ‘feeder’ clubs like Vitoria Setubal is a good idea? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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