EXCLUSIVE: Why Chelsea ace Omeruo's transfer has stalled

EXCLUSIVE: Why Chelsea ace Omeruo's transfer has stalled
Eagles defender Omeruo

by Samm Audu

Sunday Jul 24, 2016. 15:47

Nigeria international Kenneth Omeruo has yet to fly out to Turkey to discuss personal terms with champions Besiktas because both clubs are yet to agree on an outright sale of the player, AfricanFootball.com has exclusively learnt.

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Omeruo was scheduled to be in Istanbul about two weeks ago, but he is still sweating it out at the Chelsea Cobham training ground mostly with the reserves.

A top source informed only AfricanFootball.com: “Besiktas still want the player, but what is holding back the deal is that Chelsea want to ensure that after the season-long loan, the Turkish club will buy him on a permanent basis.

“Several clubs including Celta Vigo in Spain and even Kasimpasa, where Kenneth played last season, want him on loan, but Chelsea now want to recoup their investment on the player by selling him after another season-long loan spell.”

The Besiktas switch has been complicated by the fact that they will run foul of the UEFA financial fair play rule should they buy Omeruo on a permanent deal this summer.

Omeruo featured for Kasimpasa last season on a loan deal with the Turkish club having the option to buy him after the loan, but they came back to say they cannot afford the price Chelsea wanted for him.

The 22-year-old Nigeria central defender has not featured for Chelsea since he was scouted at the 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia and instead has been shipped out to Dutch club ADO Den Haag, Middlesbrough and last season Kasimpasa.

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