As reported a couple weeks ago, despite success out on loan, young attacking midfielder John Swift's days at Chelsea might be numbered. Now entering the last month of his contract, it seems that the situation hasn't developed at all, and the 20-year-old is likely to leave the club when his contract expires on June 30.
Championship side Brentford, who hosted Swift on loan for most of the season, are keen on acquiring the Toulon Tournament winner (with England U21) should things not work out for him with the Blues.
"We're aware of the financial terms he's looking for but we haven't sat down with him about that. He's technically still Chelsea's player until the end of June I guess. He'll have a chance to sit and think about his future and whether Chelsea are offering him anything to stay or whether he'd look to move."
"If he does look to move, I hope we've sold him Brentford as a club. He plays football in the way we play football. When he makes his choice, he has Brentford as a destination."
-Phil Giles, Brentford co-director of football; source: Get West London
Swift enjoyed a good spell at Brentford, arriving at the club on a one-month loan deal in November, which was first extended until January, then ultimately to the end of the 2015-16 season. While the Bees weren't quite able to maintain their push for promotion, Swift remained an important part of the squad and would no doubt be an asset to next year's campaign as well.
Brentford also have former Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran in their ranks, though while McEachran left of his own volition as he looked for life away from the loan circuit, it would appear that we're simply cutting Swifty loose, which is very much a shame. He has far more talent than such treatment would warrant.