Chelsea have officially recalled David Datro Fofana from his loan at Union Berlin earlier today, first and foremost to free up a foreign-loan spot for Ian Maatsen (who’s set to go to Borussia Dortmund), but also presumably to put him in a better situation than he had found himself in Berlin.
And that better situation just might be a bit closer to homebase, namely at Burnley, who are apparently “exploring a deal” to sign the 21-year-old. Curiously, The Athletic’s “exclusive” report does not specify whether this deal that’s being explored is being explored in search of a loan, or in search of a permanent transfer. I guess maybe we’re keeping our options open and see what we might unearth at the end of the expedition?
Chelsea reportedly paid a transfer fee of just €12m to Molde FK last winter, so it’s not like we have a great deal invested in this case. Burnley might be looking at a similar bargain, though of course DDF does have a contract through 2029 with us, so that sort of guaranteed money might make any sort of transfer decision a bit more complicated.
UPDATE: It’s just a loan until the end of the season, nothing fancier than that.
David Datro Fofana scheduled to fly to Burnley on Friday ahead of proposed move from Chelsea. Agreement in principle between clubs on straight loan. 21yo Ivorian forward’s medical expected in next 48hrs. W/ @adjones_journo @TheAthleticFC #BurnleyFC #CFC https://t.co/VK9zlilCBa— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) January 11, 2024