Gael Kakuta’s permanent switch to Sevilla is on the verge of being completed after the club’s president confirmed a deal with Chelsea was ‘very close’.
The Blues winger, who has made six Premier League appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit over the course of his career, spent the last season on loan with La Liga side Rayo, impressing enough for more than one club to take an interest with regards to potentially signing him.
It’s Sevilla though who have reportedly won the race, as per the Daily Star. Just last month was it claimed that the Frenchman had agreed a four-year contract with Unai Emery’s side, and Sevilla’s president, Jose Castro, has now revealed he is extremely confident of a deal being completed.
"It is very close and we can put in the hours," Castro said.
"This just started and we have to make that time to continue growing our squad."
The move will likely come as a great relief to Kakuta, whose development as a player was in danger of stalling at Chelsea due to continuous loan spells in various places around Europe.
The 23-year-old has already spent time at Fulham, Dijon (France), Vitesse Arnhem (Holland), Lazio (Italy) and of course Rayo in Spain, but the prospect of him breaking into Jose Mourinho first-team has never really been entertained.
As a consequence the switch to Sevilla, assuming it is to be completed imminently, will close a chapter on Kakuta’s career and offer him a platform upon which to realise his potential.
Sevilla are no mugs themselves having been crowned Europa League champions just last month, and in Emery - providing he stays where he is - Kakuta would be working under a manager with an exciting reputation.
If nothing else the midfielder’s failure to make the grade in west London will be a source of disappointment to the powers that be at Chelsea, who risked so much in initially landing him from RC Lens in 2007.
The Blues were accused of tapping him up and subsequently slapped with a two-window transfer ban - later lifted - and so it can be deduced that they obviously thought he was a player who could achieve great things.
Nevertheless Kakuta is set to join a long list of individuals who were ultimately unable to buck the trend and successfully graduate from Chelsea’s academy.
Youth development is a key component of the club up to a point, but a common allegation aimed at them is that they’re simply harvesting potential in order to make money, not great players.
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