Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta has agreed a four-year deal with Sevilla and negotiations are now in place to see him move there this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Star, citing the latest information to be found in French newspaper L’Equipe, relay how the midfielder is looking to move to Spain permanently after failing to establish himself at Stamford Bridge.
Kakuta has spent this campaign on loan with La Liga outfit Rayo, finding the net five times in 34 appearances and generally impressing, but it’s unlikely he’ll be offered an extension on his Blues contract which runs out this summer.
As a result he needs to find a new club lest he wants to be unemployed, and Sevilla could well be the perfect suitors. Indeed if reports are to be believed he has already pledged his future to Los Rojiblancos ahead of they and Chelsea meeting to thrash out some sort of compensation package for the west London club.
Disappointment at the move
Given that he’s already proven himself in Spain it could be a wise move from Unai Emery, though the confirmation of the transfer - should it come to fruition - will no doubt be a source of disappointment for Chelsea supporters.
Kakuta arrived at the club in 2007 under a cloud of controversy born from ‘tapping-up’ claims. Chelsea were handed a transfer ban as a result but this was later removed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted the Blues’ appeal.
Nevertheless the youngster has always been one tipped for a bright future in the game and losing him without seeing his potential realised will almost certainly be a point of concern for Chelsea themselves.
Adding fuel to the fire is the fact that Kakuta is not an isolated figure when it comes to having to leave the newly-crowned Premier League champions in order to find first-team football.
Is it a flawed system?
A plethora of exceptional youngsters have entered and then exited through Chelsea’s doors without coming close to clinching a spot in the first-team, with the Blues regularly facing accusations that they simply use their academy system as a talent farm rather than a place to develop players with an eye on them having a long-term future with the club.
The fact that John Terry is the only current member of the first-team squad to have come through the academy - and he did so back in 1998 - is telling of the predicament at hand, although Chelsea would argue that players such as Kakuta simply haven’t proven themselves good enough to ply their trade for one of Europe’s biggest sides.
Chelsea fans, where do you stand on the matter? Do the Blues need to change their ways regarding youth development or do you think they are conducting themselves in the right manner? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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