Report: Championship side aim to sign their Chelsea loanee on a permanent deal, but his wages may be an issue

Championship club Coventry City are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea-owned defender Jake Clarke-Salter on a permanent basis.

The 24-year-old’s spent this season away from Stamford Bridge on loan with Coventry, making 30 appearances across all competitions so far.

According to CoventryLive, the Sky Blues want to upgrade the centre-back’s loan deal into a permanent one.

It is explained the defender’s contract with Chelsea is due to expire this summer, albeit they’ve got the option extend is by a further year.

The report states Coventry will only be in the running for Clarke-Salter’s signature if he leaves his parent club and becomes a free agent, as they’ll be working with a tight budget.

Clarke-Salter is a youngster that came up through the age groups in the Blues academy before going on numerous different loan spells to develop his game.

Despite making two first-team appearances in a Chelsea shirt, it will be a colossal step to earn a spot in Thomas Tuchel’s squad next year.

There’s definitely defensive spots opening in the first team at the Bridge. Antonio Rudiger’s exit has been confirmed for the summer. Meanwhile, centre-back Andreas Christensen is reportedly close to joining Real Madrid.

Left-footed centre-half Clarke-Salter is a natural fit to come into Chelsea contention, but it may just be a step too far.

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