Much of the Chelsea talk in the hours leading up to the transfer deadline will revolve around loans. Christian Atsu will be heading to Vitesse, and all indications are that Victor Moses will be spending the season away from Stamford Bridge as well.
Demba Ba will likely be one of the big stories of the next 24 hours, as he now appears to be surplus to the requirements for Chelsea after signing Samuel Eto'o. Ba likely won't be the only Chelsea player to go on loan tomorrow though, as the club has a handful of young talents that will probably be looking for a club with which to spend the fall. Here are a few players to pay attention to as the transfer deadline approaches, as all of them could potentially move during the window's final hours:
Nathaniel Chalobah - Chalobah spent last season in the Championship, and proved he's more than capable of being one of the better players in that division. It's long been assumed he'd be spending this season somewhere in the Premier League, and we'd should expect to hear that news tomorrow.
Josh McEachran - McEachran didn't have the same sort of season that Chalobah did in the Championship, but was still impressive enough that I'm sure the Blues have considered a first division loan. It sounds as if La Liga is a more likely destination than the Premier League though, and if a move is made tomorrow, it wouldn't surprise me if he ends up in Spain.
More likely in my opinion would be a return to Championship football, as the window for loan moves there re-opens during the international break. I'd expect a bit of noise tomorrow on McEachran, but won't be shocked if nothing materializes.
Sam Hutchinson - Hutch has been spotted in the Netherlands, and that seems as logical a destination as any. He'd step in as a starter the moment he arrives there, and the level of competition seems just about right. I'd expect to hear news of a loan to Vitesse Arnhem shortly.
Kenneth Omeruo - Omeruo just had surgery, although he's expected to be back before the January window opens. I really have no idea what to expect with the Nigerian, who was just granted a work permit in England. If you put a gun to my head, I'd probably tell you that he's likely to remain with the Blues after the deadline closes tomorrow. Then again, he could well be loaned to a top division side somewhere, and join up with them once healthy.
Ulises Davila - Davila won't be staying in England, as he doesn't have a work permit. A Spanish loan seems likely tomorrow, although my gut tells me it won't be to a top flight side.
Nathan Ake - It seems pretty clear that Ake is going to remain with the Blues this season, but there's always a chance that he ends up being loaned I suppose. He's good enough to see some time in the top flight somewhere, but I'd say the chances of him moving are close to non-existent.
Billy Clifford - Chelsea cut short his initial loan, having already brought the player back to Cobham. While he's almost certainly not going to end up at a top division side, most of the talk about Clifford suggested that a new loan was already more or less agreed when he took the pitch for the U21 side last week. It wouldn't surprise me at all to hear that Clifford has returned to the Championship tomorrow, and if not, I'd expect to hear that as soon as the loan window re-opens.
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