Malang Sarr may have played his last match in a Chelsea shirt after joining Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
The 23-year-old defender, who played 21 games for the West London giants, last season, snubbed a move to Chelsea’s west London rivals Fulham and had been keen to return to the French top-tier after he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Nice two years ago.
He spent last term on loan at Porto and has found his opportunities at Stamford Bridge limited, with Thomas Tuchel now happy for him to leave after the Blues brought in defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella from Napoli and Brighton.
‘I am very happy to join AS Monaco and to be back in Ligue 1, a league in which I started and which I know well,’ Sarr told Monaco’s website.
‘I would like to thank the club for its confidence [in me]. I am now looking forward to blending in with my new surroundings and getting to know my new team-mates, with the desire to achieve a lot together.’
Monaco’s sporting director Paul Mitchell added: ‘It is a great joy for us to welcome Malang to the club.
‘His technical profile and versatility will bring new solutions to our defensive unit. At 23 years of age, Malang knows the demands of the top level, as evidenced by his stints with major European clubs such as Chelsea FC and FC Porto.
‘In our desire to give to our squad more experience of the biggest games, he has the profile we were looking for and he will be a great help to us to face the demanding schedule that we have. We welcome him!’
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s attempt to secure services of Cesare Casadei from Serie A giants Inter Milan has been hijacked by Ligue 1 outfits Nice, according to reports.
The French team are prepared to offer more money for Casadei, according to reports in Italy, meaning the Blues may miss out on their long-term target.