'Depends': Fabrizio Romano shares why Malang Sarr may still be a Chelsea player next season now
Chelsea defender Malang Sarr is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to French side Monaco, but he could still end up back at Stamford Bridge next season.
According to well-respected journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter, the 23-year-old Blues player will complete the second part of his medical with Monaco on Tuesday morning.
It is understood there’s already a full agreement in place across all parties for the summer transfer to be concluded.
Romano explains it’s a season-long loan move with an obligation to buy. However, the obligation actually depends on the amount of appearances Sarr makes, which is why there’s still a chance he could return to Chelsea next year.
It’s previously been reported during Sarr’s transfer saga that his move to Ligue 1 will be on loan with an option to buy for £10million.
Regardless of the finer details, it seems certain he’ll be a Monaco player for at least the 2022/23 season.
Malang Sarr to Monaco
Sarr did make 21 first-team appearances across all competitions last season for Chelsea, ending up as a surprise inclusion in Thomas Tuchel’s senior squad.
The left-footed centre-half has plenty of potential with his pace and power, but is definitely still a bit raw when it comes to his defending.
On paper, Monaco could be a great next club where he gets more playing minutes.
With Sarr’s exit imminent, it’ll be interesting to see if Chelsea do sign another centre-back before the summer window shuts. Leicester City’s 21-year-old defender Wesley Fofana is reportedly the player the Blues will push to try sign.
Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, Kalidou Koulibaly, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marc Cucurella are all genuine current options to play in the back three.
It does feel quite important the club do bring in another centre-half, though.