Kenneth Omeruo is one of Chelsea’s most seasoned Loan Army warriors, having spent the last seven years on various loans across multiple teams and leagues in Europe. But he has reached a point in his career — and life — where all he wants is to settle.
“I think now’s the time for me to leave, to find a place, to be my own man. I’m married with a baby now, so I need stability. Chelsea have done amazingly for me, and for my family as well. But it’s time when I need to reach my potential.”
-Kenneth Omeruo; source: The Sun
And he might be on track to realise this objective, as Spanish newspaper Marca reports that the defender has reached an agreement with his loan club from last season, Leganés.
This part was never really in doubt however, with both Omeruo and Leganés (especially head coach Mauricio Pellegrino) wanting to extend the stay of the 25-year-old who was as a vital part of their defence. The hang-up has always been the transfer fee, with Leganes hoping to get a deal done below the agreed upon €6m buy-option that was negotiated last summer (and may or may not be valid anymore). Their initial bid of €4m was knocked back, but now they’re hoping a €4.5m offer will be enough.
Marca claim that it just might be, but other recent reports, such as Goal’s from the weekend, paint a less positive picture, with Chelsea looking for something a bit closer to €6m or maybe even €7m.
In the meantime, Omeruo will be rooting that everything goes in the right direction for him in the upcoming days.
“Leganés is a team that I want to be a part of because their coach and the club trust me, and they want to give me many opportunities. I am happy that they are making efforts, and that they have [recently] upgraded their offer [to Chelsea].”
-Kenneth Omeruo; source: Marca
Business is business, but it seems to be in everyone’s favor to get this deal done soon.