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Lucas Piazon heads to Chievo on possible final loan

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Loan Army bloating before the inevitable cull.

Lucas Piazon, once a coveted starlet in Chelsea’s academy, is heading out on presumably his last loan spell as a Chelsea player. He’s signed for Chievo Verona in the Italian Serie A on loan until the end of the season but also with an option to make the deal permanent.

Piazon, now 25 (!) years old, had his most notable involvement with the first team in 2012/13 after being named the club’s Young Player of the Year in the season prior. Involved in a couple of high-scoring affairs in the League Cup against Wolves and Manchester United, he also featured in Chelsea’s 8-0 drubbing of Aston Villa, where most of us will remember his assist for Ramires and the penalty he won, proceeded to take and then miss.

He was loaned to Malaga for the second half of that campaign - the very same one which saw the Spanish club reach the Champions League quarter-final! - and subsequently had spells at Vitesse Arnhem, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading and Fulham before inexplicably staying with Chelsea’s first team this season. He made an appearance in pre-season and was sighted on the bench against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend but that’s probably the last of Piazon we’ve seen in Chelsea blue.

Like many of the players Chelsea will be looking to move on in the summer, it’s high time Piazon found a permanent home. Since excelling at Vitesse in (the first half of) 2013/14 and getting some minutes at Frankfurt the following season, it’s gone somewhat downhill for the attacking midfielder and he’ll be hoping things can change at Chievo Verona. Good luck, Lucas!