'Talks on': 21-year-old Chelsea player now edging closer to leaving, decision made in next few days – Romano

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed on Twitter that Ethan Ampadu is getting closer to leaving Chelsea this summer.

He claims that Serie A side Empoli are interested in a deal, which would see him return to the league he played in last season.

He featured for Venezia last year, where he impressed on a personal level despite the club’s eventual relegation from the top tier of Italian football.

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His Blues career has been littered with loan spells, notably featuring for RB Leipzig in the Champions League and playing Premier League football for Sheffield United.

However, Romano claims that his time at Stamford Bridge could finally be coming to an end, with him set to make a decision over this latest move soon.

Ampadu set for decision on future

He said: “Empoli are still keen on signing Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea. Talks on, negotiations about salary and more.

“Ampadu will make a decision on his future in the next days.”

The move for him to leave the club at this stage could come as some surprise to those who have paid attention to the Blues’ pre-season.

The Welshman was given an opportunity for plenty of minutes during the tour of the United States, and had been noticed by Thomas Tuchel as someone who can impress in a number of positions.

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With the Blues still actively looking to spend big money in the transfer window on a central defender, the future of some of the young defenders at the club could be looking bleak.

This has already seen Malang Sarr make his move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, completing a loan to Monaco.

It feels like it could be in Ampadu’s best interest to join the Frenchman out the door, with him desperate for minutes with the World Cup just a few months away.

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.