Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda is set to go out on loan to Celtic in search of first team football.
The Belgian academy graduate will reportedly join Brendan Rodgers’ side on an 18-month deal early next week, with the Daily Mail claiming that the Scottish side had to face off late competition from Leganes for his signature.
In doing so, he will join Chelsea’s loan army of more than 30 players who ply their trade on a temporary basis all over the world, from Woking to Spartak Moscow.
Musonda is widely regarded as one of the brightest young prospects at the Blues but the youngster is in dire need of regular first team football, having played just seven times for Chelsea’s senior side – all coming this season.
Only two of those appearances have been starts – the League Cup wins over Nottingham Forest and Everton – whilst Musonda has seen a paltry 35 minutes of Premier League action.
The 21-year-old, whose contract runs out in 2022, has also played eight minutes in the Community Shield, and another 12 in the 0-0 FA Cup draw at Norwich City.
Musonda has gone on loan in search of match practice before, playing 24 times for Spanish side Real Betis in 2016, a run that saw him score once and add another three assists.
However, apart from that, he has been confined to Chelsea’s under-23 team, suffering from the lack of chances in the first team that Blues have been widely criticised for in recent years.
Academy players Nathan Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and Dominic Solanke all left on permanent deals in the summer, whilst the likes of Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Lewis Baker have all been overlooked by Antonio Conte, instead leaving on loan to further their development.