Chelsea youngster Tino Anjorin was linked with Lokomotiv Moscow the other day, and while we assumed that it would be a loan, it sounds like it could it in fact be a permanent transfer, and not just for peanuts either.
As per “Russian football expert” Artur Petrosyan, the legendary Ralf Rangnick himself (Lokomotiv’s head of development these days) is behind the €10m move, which is certainly a decent chunk of change to spend on a 19-year-old with just a handful of senior appearances in his career.
Chelsea's Faustino Anjorin to Lokomotiv Moscow could be done soon. The London club will get around €10m, the player has been offered a 5-year contract and about €2m/year.— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) August 27, 2021
Ralf Rangnick is behind the deal. The German has been Loko's head of development department since July.
The short report doesn’t mention any additional clauses, and at that price, there may not be any — though that would be surprising given our recent and welcome emphasis on buy-back options.
Anjorin’s had a bit of bad luck this summer, coming down with a symptomatic case of COVID-19, which essentially prevented him from getting his shot in Tuchel’s preseason squad, which the head coach lamented publicly a few weeks ago as well.
While the move to Lokomotiv is not a done deal yet, it seems to be most likely outcome in this situation right now. There is interest elsewhere, too, but Loko is the current motion for Tino’s brand new dance.