Victor Moses doesn’t have to leave, but he can’t stay here.
Not involved at all with the Chelsea first-team since returning from his latest loan(s), the 29-year-old winger failed to secure a move during the transfer window and is currently in limbo alongside the likes of Danny Drinkwater. Moses’s last team, Inter Milan, looked likely to make his stay permanent, but eventually opted against doing so despite his good history with Antonio Conte.
So where to next for the 8-year Chelsea veteran (signed the same year as Hazard, Azpiliuceta, et al.)?
According to reports in Russia, where the transfer window is open for another week, he might be an option for Spartak Moscow, who are said to be considering a loan bid with a €10m buy-option. Spartak finished only mid-table last year, and are not to be confused with Lokomotiv Moscow — looking at you, Turkish football media — who finished second and are in this year’s Champions League group stage, and also don’t have a convicted felon in their squad.
That said, Spartak, in former Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco’s first full season, are doing much better so far this year, and are only second to perennial powers Zenit St Petersburg on goal difference after ten rounds. Perhaps Moses can make that extra bit of difference to get Spartak back on top like they once were (they’ve won the league just once since 2001).