Middlesbrough are still interested in bringing Lewis Baker to the club after failing to land the Chelsea youngster in the transfer window.
Clubs can use the emergency loan window from September 9th, and the teenage midfielder is a target for Boro boss Aitor Karanka.
Lack of depth
However, local paper the Evening Gazette reports that Blues boss Jose Mourinho is reluctant to let the player leave west London amidst fears over a lack of depth at the heart of his side.
Despite being just 19, Baker has represented England at a couple of different youth levels and has been tipped by ‘the Special One’ to become a full international in the future. He made his senior debut for Chelsea against Derby in the FA Cup last season.
That is his only first team appearance to-date, but it’s clear the club rate him highly after they agreed a new five-year contract with Baker last week. He’s been with the Blues since joining at U10 level.
Chelsea currently have 26 players away from Stamford Bridge on loan - including goalkeeper Jamal Blackman at the Riverside - and more could follow when this emergency window opens next week. It remains open until November 27th.
Competition for places
Baker would certainly benefit from playing regular first team football, but the chances of that happening with the Blues is remote with the likes of Oscar, Ramires, Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel and Cesc Fabregas all vying for chances.
Boro, meanwhile, will be hoping to challenge for a place in the playoffs this season, although they’ve made an indifferent start with two wins and three defeats in their opening five matches.
Baker would bolster their ranks on arrival on Teesside, but it remains to be seen if the Chelsea boss will sanction the move.