Chelsea’s midfielder Andrey Santos set for recall from Nottingham Forest loan
Chelsea is planning to bring back young midfielder Andrey Santos from his loan spell at Nottingham Forest in January. The 19-year-old, who is highly valued by Chelsea, has appeared in just seven minutes of Premier League action, with his lone start coming in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea and Nottingham Forest’s loan agreement allows the Blues to terminate the agreement if Santos fails to make a certain number of appearances by January. Chelsea is considering bringing him back to Stamford Bridge as he is unhappy with his lack of playing time.
While Chelsea and Nottingham Forest have a friendly connection, having previously discussed a swap deal involving Brennan Johnson and Trevoh Chalobah, the thought of Santos returning presents a hurdle.
The Brazilian midfielder is up against Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, Conor Gallagher, Romeo Lavia, and Lesley Ugochukwu for a spot in Chelsea’s midfield.
The new FIFA limitations, which limit teams to seven players on abroad loans at the same time, complicate matters even more. Santos’ loan options are limited to English football since Chelsea has already hit this quota. While Porto has expressed interest, possible Premier League suitors are unsure.
Chelsea might think about terminating one of its existing international loans to investigate other options, though this decision may result in financial penalties or objections from other clubs.
Given his limited playing experience, Diego Moreira, who is presently on loan at Lyon, appears to be a viable candidate for cancellation. However, such a move would result in Chelsea forfeiting the huge £2.5 million loan fee.
Chelsea is at a crossroads as the January transfer window approaches, balancing the delicate balance of player development, loan agreements, and the limits imposed by regulatory reforms.
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