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Highly promising Chelsea youngster heading to Granada on loan deal — report

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French newspaper L'Equipe reports that Chelsea youngster Jeremie Boga might be set to join La Liga club Granada on a loan deal, though there's also interest from Sporting Gijón and Ligue 1 side Nice.  Earlier reports claimed that Boga could join another Chelsea prospect, Charly Musonda, at Real Betis this summer.

The 19-year-old Boga would join a Granada team that barely escaped relegation from the Spanish top flight last season, finishing the year in 16th place with 39 points — only one point above the zone. Since their promotion to La Liga in 2011-12, this has been a regular occurrence for them.  Granda recorded just 10 wins to along with 9 draws and 19 losses last season, scoring 46 goals and letting in 69. Their main goalscorer was Moroccan striker Youssef El-Arabi, with 16 league goals scored — 35% of his team's total.

Boga got 1,213 minutes of first-team football at French mid-table side Rennes last season.  These numbers could improve in a squad that might not be as strong, while exposing him to the mental rigours of dealing with a relegation battle.  By not moving to Real Betis, he would also avoid competing for minutes against Musonda, which is probably a better arrangement.