Chelsea confirmed on Tuesday (official website) that defender Ola Aina will complete a permanent move to Italian club Torino.

The Blues confirmed that the Serie A club have exercised an option to make his deal permanent, after he spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan with them.

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His £8.7million exit (Evening Standard) will give him the chance to continue pursing regular first-team action, something that he was starting to get in Italy.

The Nigeria international played 32 times for Torino and helped his team finish seventh in Serie A.

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Chelsea fans all too well about players leaving Stamford Bridge and going on to enjoy success elsewhere, which could well be the case in this scenario.

Aina is a versatile full-back that is comfortable on either flank and certainly has the attributes that could have seen him succeed in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old was important player at youth level for Chelsea and featured six times in the first team, but never fully got his shot to make his mark.

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But Chelsea’s full-back area is certainly in need of upgrading and it may be an error to let him depart for under £10million.

The athletic defender certainly showed enough during his loan in Italy to suggest he’s in for a bright future and he could be another one that got away.

Chelsea have the likes of Reece James and Jay Dasilva who could emerge as full-back options instead, so hopefully the club have hedged their bets on the right one and it will be intriguing to see how Aina develops.

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