Nathaniel Chalobah of Chelsea is set for a shock move to Italian giants Napoli, as per Sky Italia reporter Fabrizio Romano.
Chalobah has struggled to break into the Chelsea first team since joining the club from London side Fulham at the age of 10. The England Under-21 star has since been farmed out on loan to several clubs including Watford, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Burnely and Reading. He had an impressive spell with Watford in the Championship in the 2012/13 season, and had a chance to impress while in the English Premier league with Burnley but he got relegated with the club before he now joined Reading in the Championship for a brief spell.
The Italian journalist also revealed that the loan move will include no option to buy, while David Amoyal’s position is that there will be one.
“Chalobah to Napoli will be simple loan from Chelsea. No option to buy. #CFC #transfers.”
The versatile midfielder will now undergo medical assessment tonight ahead of the move to Napoli – who recently sold Gokhan Inler to Leicester City. Chalobah can play in midfield and defence, and he could break into the starting the line-up, with the exit of Inler.
The Sierra Leone-born midfielder joins over 20 Chelsea players who have also been farmed out on loan, with more still to follow as the transfer window deadline draws to a close.
Chalobah was billed to join Reading earlier on in the summer before the Englishman made a U-turn. It is claimed the 20-year old chose to join Napoli, and this will be a great experience for him if the loan move proves successful, as there are not many English players playing outside the shores of their country.