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Burnley ‘exploring deal’ to sign David Datro Fofana from Chelsea — report

What sort of deal?

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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.

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