Goal.com Chelsea correspondent Nizaar Kinsella is reporting that Torino FC like 22-year-old Ola Aina so much they may activate the option to buy that’s in his loan deal. It would cost them €8m (£7m). There are other rumors out there suggesting that Chelsea may demand €10m or more. In the absence of public information, it’s hard to know which number to trust, though the exact amount may be just a minor detail in the end.
Aina has played in 11 of Torino’s 12 Serie A matches. The only match he missed was due to inflammation of his heel sustained while on international duty with Nigeria. He played the full ninety minutes in four of his last five, and has a goal to his credit too. Manager Walter Mazzarri must like what he sees, as Il Toro have conceded the fifth-fewest goals in the league, despite sitting in eleventh place.
Aina had said he thinks Torino could be his last loan move before coming back to play for Chelsea’s senior team. Last season he played more minutes than any other Chelsea loanee, 4,003 minutes for Championship side Hull City.
If he does see Italy as his finishing school, he may resist a permanent move. But for what it’s worth, Kinsella writes that Aina is open to a career in Turin. If so, the only way we’ll ever see him add to his 200 minutes for the Blues is if we buy him back in the future.