Report: Thomas Tuchel makes surprise transfer decision on 22 y/o following Chelsea man’s injury

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Malang Sarr didn’t appear to have a future at Chelsea as he’s spent the season on the periphery under Thomas Tuchel, but Nizaar Kinsella of Goal believes the Blues manager could make a U-turn on his decision to freeze out the 22-year-old following Ben Chilwell’s injury.

Chilwell ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in November’s 4-0 win over Juventus and underwent surgery that will rule him out of action for the rest of the campaign. Chelsea have been linked with a loan move for Everton’s Lucas Digne, but it appears they’re likely to consider internal solutions at left-back.

Kinsella says Tuchel will block all loan moves for Sarr next month, seemingly as he intends to use his as cover in the makeshift role. The Frenchman operated on the left a handful of times last season, so he’s a last resort if Marcos Alonso were to pick up an injury while Chilwell is out.

This doesn’t mean Sarr has a future at Stamford Bridge, however. Chelsea are planning to welcome Chilwell back into the side when he’s fit, so they don’t want a permanent new face at left-back. The West Londoners just want a deputy to Alonso.

Sarr joined Chelsea on a five-year deal from OGC Nice in 2020 and has gone on to make five appearances in all competitions. The 22-year-old spent 2020/21 on loan at FC Porto and played in 19 games, though he featured in only three league outings after the turn of the year.

Sarr currently finds himself behind Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Trevoh Chalobah and Thiago Silva in the pecking order, so the writing probably is on the wall. He’ll just be retained until Chilwell returns and may go back to being surplus afterwards.

Sarr has been little other than an unused substitute under Tuchel, so he’ll surely be seeking an exit come next summer.