Chelsea defender Malang Sarr left in limbo after seeing deadline day loan move to Bundesliga side Greuther Furth collapse… with Blues looking to send him to Russia or Turkey instead
Chelsea defender Malang Sarr has been left in transfer limbo after seeing his deadline day move to Greuther Furth collapse in the final hours.
The 22-year-old even travelled to Germany to complete a medical with the Bundesliga side but an agreement couldn’t be reached between the two clubs before the window slammed shut.
According to Goal, the reason talks broke down was due to the Frenchman’s high wages at Stamford Bridge, with Greuther Furth deciding against the switch.
Chelsea defender Malang Sarr saw his deadline day loan move to Greuther Furth fall through
The report goes on to claim that Chelsea will likely now explore the option of sending Sarr out on loan still to a club in Russia or Turkey.
Both Turkey and Russia’s transfer windows are still open, providing the Blues with one final throw of the dice to get their defender some much needed minutes for the campaign.
Other leagues are still open to sign players beyond September 1 but these two countries are most likely able to afford Sarr’s wages if they were to take him on loan.
Sarr has been training with Chelsea after spending the last campaign on loan at Porto
Sarr featured in Chelsea’s pre-season but was unlikely to be given any meaningful game time at the club, with the former Nice man training and playing friendlies with a separate loan group at Cobham in recent weeks.
Sarr was left without a club after his contract with boyhood club Nice expired in June, before Chelsea came to his rescue and snapped him up before sending him out on loan to Porto last season.
The centre back, a France Under 21 international, did not quite have the role he would have hoped for at Porto, making only five league starts all season and was called upon to play eight times for the reserve side in the second division.
‘I was training on my own, training at home and just waiting. I had been almost six months without playing, and when my agent told me about this opportunity to come here to Chelsea, I was surprised and happy,’ Sarr told the Londoners’ official website in July.
Thomas Tuchel wants to send the defender out on loan to get him regular game time
‘It was a great opportunity for me. He talked to me about going on loan for the first year and for me it was a good idea. I hadn’t played for a long time and I needed to get the rhythm and to play and have a good experience also, step up after Nice, and come back stronger and ready to go.’
Sarr had previously been linked with moves to Brest and Eintracht Frankfurt earlier in the window but no move materialised.