Nathaniel Chalobah will be heading to Italy for the 2015-16 season. The former U18 and U21 captain has been loaned to Serie A side Napoli, where he'll be spending the entire season on loan. This deal actually went through yesterday, with all the paperwork beating both the Italian FA's and the FIFA TMS deadlines, but it was only officially confirmed today.
Chalobah was once one of the brightest stars in a loaded Chelsea academy, and looked to be set for stardom following his first loan, where he excelled for Gianfranco Zola at Watford. Since that time in the Championship, however, the midfielder/defender has had a few difficult loan spells, where he struggled to make a real impact on the pitch.
Napoli is an extremely aggressive assignment for the 20-year old, who had options for far easier minutes with yet another return to the Championship. I like the move, however, and really think things could begin to click for Nathaniel when he's surrounded by a more talented group.
One other big advantage of a loan deal to Napoli is that it will be easy to keep on top of his development. Serie A is televised all over the world, and with the parity below Juventus, it's likely that everyone here will have a chance to watch him play fairly regularly. Now, all he has to do is force his way onto the pitch.
According to most reports, Napoli do not have a buy-option.
Good luck, Nate. Wear that #94 with pride.