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.
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.
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.