David Datro Fofana to Chelsea transfer plans revealed as signings follow Thibaut Courtois path


Chelsea look set to loan out three of their incoming additions in January as the Blues’ new recruitment team looks towards the future. According to the Evening Standard, David Datro Fofana, Andrey Santos and Gabriel Slonina could all go out in the new year to gain first-team minutes after the club spent an estimated £33million on the trio to boost Chelsea’s ambitious “vision 2030” project.

Fofana completed his medical in London on Thursday after Chelsea agreed to an £8.6million fee with Norwegian club Molde for his signature, beating out competition from Premier League rivals Brighton. Santos is set to sign for a £13million fee plus £7million in add-ons from Brazilian club Vasco Da Gama.

Goalkeeper Slonina was acquired back in August for a £12million fee from MLS outfit Chicago Fire and is already training with Chelsea after the MLS campaign ended in October for him. There could be a reason for keeping Fofana given Armando Broja’s season-ending ACL injury earlier this month in a friendly against Aston Villa, with Chelsea forced to act in the January market for someone else.

But for Slonina and Santos, it is probably wiser for them to venture out and gain regular minutes rather than sitting on the fringes of a competitive first-team squad. Chelsea might be hoping the three, most obviously Slonina, can repeat the path of Thibaut Courtois, who was bought from Genk in 2011 before being loaned out to Atletico Madrid for three seasons.

Whilst Fofana, Santos and Slonina may not be out on loan for that long, ensuring their development is not seriously halted is key. Though choosing to loan them out, it will likely mean Todd Boehly may be taking more flights across Europe to do more instant business to improve Graham Potter’s options for a crucial second half of this season.

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