Chelsea teenager's father hints at his son's potential permanent stay at loan club

Chelsea midfielder Tino Anjorin’s father, Sheriff, has hinted at his son’s potential “long-term” stay at Lokomotiv Moscow after completing a loan move to the Russian club on deadline day.

The initial deal, as confirmed by Chelsea’s official website, will see the 19-year-old spend the 2021/22 season on loan at Lokomotiv.

An earlier report from Goal, however, mentioned that the loan deal likely includes an option to buy at £17milllion.

Anjorin’s father Sherrif, who also acts as his agent, has now admitted that his son would be happy to stay at the Russian capital beyond the current loan deal.


“We are happy that Tino is already in Moscow,” the player’s father told Russian news outlet Euro-Football about the loan move.

“The decision, in fact, was not difficult. We all know what a fantastic city Moscow is, we also saw the World Cup that took place here.

“Lokomotiv has big ambitions, just like Faustino, so we think it can be a perfect alliance, and I think it can be a long-term one.

“Tino has already got to know Moscow and fell in love with this wonderful city.”

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Chelsea’s reported buy-back clause

From Chelsea’s point of view, Lokomotiv’s activating the clause would not be entirely bad news. In fact, they might have already prepared for this scenario.

The Goal’s report also mentioned that Chelsea inserted a buy-back option at £34m in case Lokomotiv decide to sign Anjorin on a permanent deal.

It is still worth double what Lokomotiv will have to pay for Anjorin. But if the versatile midfielder’s development goes as well as expected, it will be a relatively low fee to pay for the Blues.

Aside from Anjorin, Chelsea also reportedly have buy-back options for a few other players, including Tammy Abraham (AS Roma) and Tino Livramento (Southampton).

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These buy-back options are not a new trend at Chelsea, though, as they also inserted these clauses in several other previous deals.

Last year’s report from The Guardian claimed Chelsea decided against activating a £13m buy-back clause for Sassuolo’s Jeremie Boga in summer 2020 despite his emergence as one of the most exciting young wingers in Serie A.

Although to be fair, Chelsea already made several big attacking signings last summer in Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, and Kai Havertz, so Boga’s buy-back clause understandably did not seem to be very attractive.

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