With FIFA’s new loan regulations delayed by a year due to the COVID-19, Chelsea are under far less pressure to trim the Loan Army. The new economic reality might even see more loan deals done.
One such deal is likely to be Danilo Pantic going back home once again, as per Mozzart Sport.
According to the report, Partizan are quite close to finding an agreement with Chelsea to sign the player on a temporary basis, although there is no agreement yet over the percentage-sharing of his wages. It’s worth noting that Pantic has spent two seasons on loan back at his boyhood club, from 2017 to 2019, finding a modicum of success.
Coach Savo Milošević knows Pantic’s potential and believes that the midfielder can be a valuable asset to Partizan in their upcoming campaign. The Serbian SuperLiga is expected to have 20 clubs next season as opposed to the regular 16 as none of the clubs from the top-tier will get relegated, and so, Partizan are hoping to assemble a large squad to cope with the added demands of more matches and fixture-congestion.
His Chelsea contract expires in 2021, and while it is a possibility that a permanent transfer could take place, a contract extension with the Blues followed by a loan move seems like the more likely outcome. The report also mentions that there are four other unnamed clubs who are interested in Pantic’s services.
Pantic has truly been successful only at Partizan in his entire young career so far, and it does make sense from his perspective to establish himself there before trying again with a tougher assignment in another league.
Pantic had been back at Chelsea after his season-long loan stint with Fehérvár FC was cut short in January. The 23-year-old started his career as an attacking midfielder before moving on to a deeper role and has made 11 appearances in all competitions this season.