In what is likely a case of putting two and two together, reports in Nigeria over the past 24-48 hours have picked about an “imminent” exit from Chelsea for Victor Moses this January. While some of the reporting is bit dubious — this one claims hints from Sarri on Thursday night (Sarri hasn’t talked to the media since Sunday), while this one attributes a quote from Andreas Christensen to Moses (“it’s not a good season for me”) — the underlying situation is fairly clear.
Victor Moses is not playing (1 start and less than 180 minutes in three months) and his prospects of changing that look unlikely. Eden Hazard, Willian, and Pedro are all well ahead of him in Sarri’s pecking order, and on Wednesday, it was Ruben Loftus-Cheek who got the nod at wide forward while even Callum Hudson-Odoi was preferred on the bench.
Reports last week had the 27-year-old “considering” his options, but a half-hour-long cameo against BATE Borisov is unlikely to make him stay. SportBILD have linked him with a sensational loan to Manchester United in January (this was also picked up by the Daily Star), but surely his more realistic transfer destinations lie further down the table.
Moses, who retired from the Nigeria national team this summer to concentrate on his club football and family, has 1.5 years left on his contract, so we could see a loan or loan-to-buy arrangement happening in the winter transfer window, with a permanent exit to follow next summer. While Moses has battled back from this sort of career-brink at Chelsea several times before, and even established himself as a key player for the two years under Conte, this could be the end of his Blues adventure for good.