Report: Lucas Piazon prepares to leave Chelsea permanently after nine years out on loan

Lucas Piazon is set to permanently leave Chelsea after nearly a decade out on loan, with his spell at Rio Ave cut short in anticipation for the move.

Goal reported that three unnamed clubs are set to battle it out for the Brazilian’s signature, with Tutto Mercato Web suggesting that Norwich City, Stoke City and Bordeaux were the interested parties.

This transfer will end Piazon’s nine-year stretch away from Stamford Bridge, that covered seven different sides and five countries. It seemed the forward had finally settled in settings closer to home, making 36 appearances for Rio Ave, however Chelsea have ultimately called time on his loanee lifestyle.

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It has become part of footballing folk law that the 26-year-old is Chelsea’s longest serving senior player, having joined in 2012 shortly after his 18th birthday.

Having arrived from Sao Paulo, the sporting birthplace of Kaka, Piazon had already been compared to the Ballon d’Or winner before setting foot on English shores.

With expectations high, the attacking forward was named Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year during his maiden campaign in the Premier League, despite only playing three times for the first team.

He only lasted 90 minutes in one of these fixtures, the 6-0 thrashing of Wolverhampton Wanderers in the EFL Cup, assisting Ryan Bertrand for the second goal.

In fact, the majority of his efforts were spent with the U21s and was part of the FA Youth Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers.  

These would turn out to be his first and only actions in a Chelsea strip, his crowning moment cut short as he was shipped off to Malaga have way through the season. This was the start of his loan merry-go-round, with the £10m man (Guardian) hopping from Vitesse Arnhem, to Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, Chievo and most recently, Rio Ave.

Most Blues fans will be relieved that their Brazilian prodigy will finally land on his feet, but none will be more reassured than Piazon himself.  

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.