Report: Chelsea to let ‘fantastic talent’ leave on loan this summer, he’s not being sold permanently

Reports suggest Chelsea are prepared to let youngster Dujon Sterling leave on loan this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, Queen’s Park Rangers and Preston North End are fighting to bring him in for his second consecutive Championship loan spell.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakout season with Blackpool last season, making the step up to the second flight of English football following a loan spell in League One.

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The academy graduate, who has previously been described as a ‘fantastic talent’, proved his versatility for the Seasiders, as his performances helped them to comfortably avoid relegation in their first season back in the league since 2015.

Despite being well-regarded by Thomas Tuchel, it appears the Englishman is set to become a victim of the massive squad the Blues have, with them needing to shift some talent.

This has already been seen by loan departures of Tino Anjorin and Henry Lawrence, as they continue to offer young players the opportunity to thrive away from Stamford Bridge.

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Sterling to leave on loan

The Evening Standard claim the same is set to happen with Sterling, although the club currently have no intentions to let him go permanently.

This is despite there being only one year remaining on his current contract, although the Blues do have the option to trigger another year extension.

The right-back role currently looks one of the hardest to break into, although there is a requirement for cover at the moment for Reece James, especially if Cesar Azpilicueta leaves the club this summer.

Chelsea had been targeting a cut-price deal for Jonathan Clauss from Ligue 1, however he has officially joined Marseille for the upcoming season.

The club are now attempting a last-minute hijack for a deal for Nordin Mukiele, who looked set to join PSG. However, if the Blues don’t manage the swoop, Tuchel will be hoping James remains fit this summer, otherwise they could be looking ropey this summer.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.