Chelsea’s Moses to join Spartak Moscow on season-long loan
Chelsea’s Victor Moses has agreed to a one-season loan from Spartak Moscow in principle, but he will still have to undergo a medical examination in the Russian capital to secure the deal.
The 29-year-old winger visited a sports clinic in Rome on Friday to check on a hip problem he suffered while on loan at Inter last season, although the injury is not a obstacle to moving.
Indeed, Moses has already made several friendlies behind closed doors at Cobham to stay fit and even scored in the club’s 1-1 draw against Wimbledon last month.
After Inter refused to exercise their option to buy the Nigeria international for € 10m (£ 9m / $ 12m), the Blues opted to send the winger under another loan to sell for a similar price next summer.
“We have a bubble on the training ground with the first team, which Victor was not a part of. I know Victor well and we’ll see how that plays out next week,” Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard said in late September.
Moses’ current deal expires in 2021, so a one-year extension will be appropriate to protect Chelsea’s investment and allow the club to potentially earn transfer fees next summer.
It will be the sixth loan for Moses after stints at Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham, Fenerbahce and Inter. Indeed, before his move to Turkey, Moses was a regular on the first team at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte in a side that won a Premier League title and an FA Cup.
Lampard has shown little interest in using Moses as he aims to build a dynamic young team. The Blues have spent around £ 220million ($ 275million) in transfer fees this summer as they seek to close the gap with Liverpool and Manchester City topping the Premier League table.
Dujon Sterling and Danny Drinkwater could join the pair on loan in the Football League, while a host of young players from Cobham Training Center could still move away temporarily.
The Blues had difficulty in offloading certain players due to the financial impact of the coronavirus, which Partly caused the collapse of deals that would have seen Marcos Alonso, Emerson Palmieri and Antonio Rudiger leave the club.
West Ham showed late interest in a loan deal for Fikayo Tomori, but the decision fell apart after the defender turned down the possibility of joining London rivals the Blues.
FIFA will put in place new limits on the number of loans next season, which will force the Blues to reduce their group. The lenders are overseen by a loan service involving club legends like Claude Makelele, Carlo Cudicini, Tore Andre Flo and Paulo Ferreira.