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Jake Clarke-Salter next in the Chelsea-Vitesse pipeline?

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Business for Chelsea’s first-team has been rather slow this summer, but at youth level (and the Women’s team), it’s been business as usual. That means the loan army is starting to take shape for this season, with five confirmed members (plus a sixth, Baba Rahman, who continues his stay at Schalke 04) and more to come.

Expected to be joining is Jake Clarke-Salter, who spent the second half of last season at the sinking ship of Sunderland but managed to emerge with some credit to his name. Now he may be trading up to the Eredivisie, and joining Vitesse — i.e. Chelsea B. According to Dutch newspaper De Gelderlander, the Europa League-bound club are keen on taking the 20-year-old for the season, as the next player in the mutually beneficial partnership.

The FIFA U20 World Cup-winner is seen as an ideal centre back to step into the shoes of Matt Miazga, another Chelsea defender who recently completed a two-year spell with Vitesse. They also have to deal with the departure of long-time captain and centre-back Guram Kashia, who is joining the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS.

The Eredivisie may not be the pinnacle of defending, but it should be a good step forward for Clarke-Salter. With Roman Abramovich’s friend Leonid Slutsky as manager, JCS should have little to no trouble finding himself regular playing time.

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