Malang Sarr might start to question his footballing future as Chelsea continue to chase their perfect centre-back combination.

Many may have forgotten that Sarr signed for the Blues last August from Nice, his boyhood club, especially as he was sent straight out on loan before even stepping foot in Stamford Bridge.

From France, via a non-existent detour of England, the 21-year-old landed in Portugal with Porto, where he has played 12 times for the reigning Primeria Liga champions.

Manchester City v FC Porto: Group C - UEFA Champions League
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Riyad Mahrez of Man City and Malang Sarr of Porto during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City and FC Porto at Etihad Stadium on October 21, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

He may not have been keeping track of his parent clubs’ actions in the transfer window, but it reads rather confusingly where a potential return to Chelsea is concerned.

Over the past few days, the Blues have been linked with both incomings and outgoings for defenders. The MailOnline reported that Chelsea were interested in the highly sort-after signature of Dayot Upamencano.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig during the German Bundesliga match between Schalke 04 v RB Leipzig at the Veltins Arena on February 22, 2020 in Gelsenkirchen Germany (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Frank Lampard also confirmed that he would be willing to allow Fikayo Tomori time away on loan, whilst Sky Sports suggested Antonio Rudiger was also likely to leave.

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COBHAM, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Antonio Rüdiger and Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during a training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E stage match between Chelsea FC and FC Sevilla at Chelsea Training Ground on November 23, 2020 in Cobham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Whatever the outcome, Chelsea’s defence will have an entirely different look when Sarr’s deal at Porto runs out this summer, without clarity over who Lampard desires to have in his backline for next season.  

There has been no mention yet of a relocation to London for Sarr, however, he has made an impression on his Portuguese counterparts.

Porto has lost just once with him on the field since his arrival, against Manchester City in the Champions League. In that period, they have only conceded eight goals, qualified for the European knockout stages, and perch second in their domestic league.

Although, he has failed to feature in the last two games as Sergio Conceicao may be beginning to overlook him as a starting option.

Chelsea will be monitoring his progression, yet Lampard will have to make a verdict soon on whether to say bonjour or bon voyage to Malang Sarr.

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Admittedly, I haven’t seen enough of Sarr in a Porto jersey to make a definitive decision on whether he belongs at Chelsea or not.

What I can say is that his statistics are impressive; having made 100 appearances before his 21st birthday, he is certainly used to the spotlight.

However, the Premier League is an entirely different ball game, and one that might be coming slightly too prematurely for him.

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