Chelsea have decided against the option to bring Sassuolo’s Ivorian winger Jeremie Boga back to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to reports.
The Blues included a buy-back clause of around £13 million when they sold the 23-year-old to the Serie A club in 2018. Boga has established himself well in Italy, registering eight goals and two assists in 24 league appearances this campaign. However, his recent form is not enough to entice the London side to trigger the buy-back clause.
Instead, the club is said to have decided to renegotiate a new sell-on clause with Sassuolo for a percentage of his future transfer fee.
The Ivory Coast international graduated from Chelsea’s academy in 2015, but only made one senior appearance for the first team.
Boga’s progress in the Premiership was curtailed by the presence of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, his competitors for a position on the wing, during Jose Mourinho’s time at the club.
He has no regrets about how things played out for him at Stamford Bridge.
“It is true that it is a shame. Aside from that, I have no regrets. Each thing comes in its own time. It was certainly not the time for me to play for Chelsea. I always keep that in the corner of my head. If I continue to do what I am doing, work hard, maybe I will be back one day,” he said.
He moved to Chelsea in 2009 and was regarded among the academy’s top prospects when he first made a loan move in 2015, to French club Rennes. He was one of many Chelsea talents who got lost in the loan system and eventually signed for Sassuolo in 2018 after stints with Granada and Birmingham City.
Meanwhile, the Serie A is planning to resume next month, with Italy’s minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora revealing on Sunday that a return date of June 13 or 20 could be made possible.
Germany’s Bundesliga was the first major European league to return to action on May 16. The Premier League has also been given the green light to come back in June, but the initially proposed date of June 12 may come too soon.
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