Gael Kakuta's time at Vitesse Arnhem was a success, but not enough of one that he's forced his way into Jose Mourinho's plans for next season. As such, the 22-year-old could well be on the way out at Chelsea. He'd help more than a few teams out -- he's still a promising young player, after all -- but the Blues' abundance of talent in attacking midfield means that he's not going to be much use to the team even if he develops as hoped.
AS are reporting that Rayo Vallecano are interested in picking up the Frenchman, which seems like as good a destination as any. Kakuta signed a contract extension in December 2010, which means he's under Chelsea control until the close of the 2014/15 season, and that means we should be getting a transfer fee out of this one. A few million euros certainly wouldn't go amiss
If Kakuta does go (and I'm really not seeing a reason for him to stick around), his time at Chelsea will mostly be remembered for the furor around his transfer from Lens, which nearly got us into quite a lot of trouble before the two-year transfer ban was overturned in court. Kakuta will, in all likelihood be held up as an example of how the club 'ruins' young talent, but if he ends up having a successful career in Spain and Chelsea recoup most of their investment via transfer fee, I don't think anyone can complain too much.