Malang Sarr has an uncertain future at Chelsea after struggling for playing time this season. The 22-year-old returned from a season-long loan spell at FC Porto in August but probably wishes he was back in Portugal. Sportmediaset say Inter Milan might provide him with an escape route, however.
Sarr has been overlooked by Thomas Tuchel, making only three appearances in all competitions this season, only one of which came in the Premier League. The French U21 international’s only league outing came in mid-October, but he’s since been an unused substitute or left out of the matchday squad.
Sarr has made the bench in four of Chelsea’s five Champions League games, but he had to wait months to be afforded the same treatment domestic. The 22-year-old failed to make the squad in Chelsea’s first seven outings and has missed their last two, so he might seek a January exit for more playing time.
The Frenchman finds himself behind Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and Trevoh Chalobah, so it’s easy to see why Tuchel hasn’t given him many opportunities. And it remains to be seen if he will for the remainder of the campaign, so the chance to join Inter might seem attractive to Sarr.
Sportmediaset say the Nerazzurri are ‘closing in’ on a loan move for the central defender, but he won’t come cheap for the cash-strapped side. Sarr takes home £120k-per-week/£6.24m-a-year while Inter have ran up a lot of debt, so time will tell if a deal gets over the line.
A move in January would suit all parties. Sarr would get beneficial first-team football to boost his development, Chelsea offload an unwanted player for a few months and his wages will be covered by the buying club, so the Blues will save some millions. And if Sarr does well in his second loan stint away, he could return a better place for Tuchel to cast his eye on. Time will tell.