Chelsea loanee Jay Dasilva spent the season at Bristol City in the Championship, but is now facing an uncertain future despite the existence of a buy-option on the loan contract, which was unofficially confirmed back in January.
However, a buy-option merely involves a pre-agreed fee that can be paid to enter into contract negotiations with the player. It does not guarantee a transfer.
The Bristol Post, in a recent exclusive, confirmed that Bristol City would like to keep the promising left-back on a permanent basis, which implies that they’re willing to meet Chelsea’s asking price. However, Dasilva himself may have different thoughts. Reportedly, he is “keen” on continuing at Ashton Gate, although after yet another impressive on loan, he has a number of suitors and is also waiting to hear Chelsea’s plans for him, whatever they may be (another loan? first-team chance?).
Dasilva’s season ended at the same time as fellow Championship Chelsea loanees, Reece James and Trevoh Chalobah, but he didn’t return to Cobham for some end-of-season training with the first-team. That doesn’t necessarily rule out a Chelsea future in the long-term, but with Marcos Alonso and Emerson already on the Blues’ books, Dasilva faces an uphill task to potentially establish himself at SW6.
If he were to move permanently, Bristol City would be a good and safe option after this season’s success, but it’s only right that he also assesses all his options and then makes the right call for his career.