Chelsea's loan policies have come under plenty of criticism in recent years, but as far as the actual business of football's concerned, there seem to be very few objections to it. In fact, some clubs are quite happy to play their role in the scheme. We know all about Vitesse of course, but last month there were reports of a possible expanded partnership with Real Betis as well, while teams such as Borussia Mönchengladbach are more than willing to take on promising players as well.
It would appear that another Bundesliga club wants in on the action. Speaking to German daily, FAZ, Eintracht Frankfurt's Chief Financial Officer, Oliver Frankenbach, revealed that they have already made contact with Chelsea (and Manchester City) about possible loan signings for the upcoming season. Eintracht just barely managed to stay in the top-flight last season, after surviving the relegation play-off.
In the present situation, no high investments. We have to look to find players elsewhere, who just do not come to train at top clubs. With Manchester City or Chelsea we have already had contact. With such teams, borrowing transactions are a good option that promise both sides an advantage.
- Oliver Frankenbach; source: FAZ
As far as loan destinations go, Eintracht Frankfurt isn't an unfamiliar one to Chelsea, with Lucas Piazon having spent the 2014/15 season on loan there. Piazon enjoyed a lukewarm season, but that was mostly down to his own level of performance rather than Frankfurt's reluctance to field loanees, a tendency that some loan clubs have had in the past. All in all, this should be a good opportunity to send at least one of our youngsters to experience top-flight football in Germany, and the fact that top-flight clubs are contacting Chelsea for loanees can never be a bad thing.