Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has today completed his loan move to Spanish first division side CD Leganés, where he will stay for at least the season, if not longer.
The tiny Madrid-based club, who will be contesting just their third season ever in the top flight, have a perviously reported €5m buy-option with a 20 per cent sell-on clause. That fee sounds tiny, but it would make Omeruo the joint-most expensive transfer in club history, joining José Manuel Arnaiz Díaz who arrived for the same from Barcelona earlier this summer.
Omeruo has two years left on his Chelsea contract as well, so if Leganés doesn’t work out for him, he’ll try again. This will the fifth different team in Omeruo’s Loan Army career, though he spent two seasons (not back-to-back) at Kasimpasa, and 18 months each at Middlesbrough and ADO Den Haag. He’s amassed over 150 professional apperances in those 6.5 years since signing for Chelsea, and collected 40 caps for Nigeria as well.
He had been within a hair’s breath of the Chelsea first-team multiple times, most notably in the wake of the 2013 Confederations Cup, when a most unfortunately timed dislocated shoulder derailed any such plans.
He’s been a solid defender over the last three years while playing in Turkey. Now, he’s off to Spain, where the level is probably a bit higher. Good luck, Kenneth!