Christian Atsu set to join Romelu Lukaku at Everton

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to let Ghana winger Cristian Atsu follow Romelu Lukaku to Everton on a season-long loan deal, according to the Daily Mail.

Atsu was snapped up by Chelsea in a £5m deal last summer and showed flashes of quality in a wildly inconsistent World Cup campaign for the Black Stars, but Mourinho still doesn't think the 22-year-old is ready for life at Stamford Bridge and has sanctioned a loan switch, with no shortage of potential suitors.

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10 team race

Everton's knack of using the loan system wisely looks to have come up trumps in a heated race to sign the pacy, dynamic winger, one which no fewer than 10 teams have entered over the last two months.

Aston Villa, Sunderland and Celtic are just thee of the sides who have expressed an interest to Chelsea in taking Atsu for a season, but Everton have been frontrunners for some time and can now press ahead with the deal after completing the permanent signing of Romelu Lukaku in a £25m deal last night.

What does Atsu offer?

If Everton can complete a swoop for Atsu ahead of Sunderland they will get a raw talent who could replace Gerard Deulofeu as an impact substitute at Goodison Park, fresh from a productive season in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem.

Atsu scored five goals and set another six last season, but despite impressing is clearly still some way off taking the place of Chelsea stars Eden Hazard and Willian on either flank for Mourinho's men.

Chelsea's loan system

Last season Atsu was part of a quite incredible 27-man strong list of players contracted to Chelsea but sent out on loan, a situation which looks likely to continue judging by transfer activity in West London.

Mourinho is slowly attempting to clear the decks and put a long-term plan in place for how he feels Chelsea can best move forward in the long-term, with Atsu now increasingly likely to get his chance to shine alongside Lukaku at Goodison Park and prove he has what it takes to shine in the Premier League.

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