Chelsea midfielder, Mukhtar Ali, has joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan until the end of the season. The Blues have confirmed the news on their official website.
The 19-year-old midfielder was a regular player in Chelsea’s UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup-winning sides last season.
Ali’s move to Vitesse will be his first senior loan move away from Chelsea. He becomes the fourth player from Chelsea to join the Vitesse squad, with defender Matt Miazga and midfielders Nathan and Lewis Baker being the other three.
Moving on, Chelsea have lined up a few options if Asmir Begovic leaves the club in the January transfer window. Let us discuss them one by one.
Craig Gordon: The Blues are keen to sign the Celtic keeper, but it seems the Scottish giants are unwilling to allow him to join the Premier League club.
Chelsea have already submitted an offer for Gordon, but it was rejected immediately. It remains to be seen whether the Blues will come back with another offer for the 34-year-old, but Celtic are focussed on retaining his services.
Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers said, as quoted by Sky Sports:
He’s very much a part of what we’re trying to do here. There’s no way I can replace a player of that quality and how he has developed over the last six months has been fantastic.
I really want him here and to get him to a new deal then we can keep continuing and move the whole club forward.
David Stockdale: Chelsea will reportedly turn their attention to Brighton goalkeeper, Stockdale, if they fail to sign Gordon. According to reports from Sky Sports, the Blues have switched their attention to Stockdale, who has just six months left to run on his current deal.
Salvatore Sirigu: More names are popping up, with Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, claiming that Antonio Conte wants to sign the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper. The 30-year-old is currently on loan with Sevilla, but the Blues will still be able to sign the keeper for a cut-price fee this month.