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Chelsea to recall David Datro Fofana; Sevilla interested in new loan — reports

Loan shuffle

1. FC Union Berlin - Real Madrid Photo by Soeren Stache/picture alliance via Getty Images

David Datro Fofana finally opened his Bundesliga account with a goal in Union Berlin’s 2-0 victory (victory!) over 1.FC Köln just before Christmas, but it sounds like that may in fact be his final action in Germany.

Chelsea look set to recall the 21-year-old striker and send him on loan to Sevilla instead.

That’s the word form the transfer oracle, though it’s not exactly a surprising development given how Fofana’s season has gone, both for him individually and for his team collectively.

Union’s season has been little short of an unmitigated disaster, sitting three points above the drop zone at the break after an historic fourth-place finish last year. At one point, they had lost twelve in a row in all competitions.

DDF meanwhile couldn’t buy a goal before at long last breaking his duck against Napoli in the Champions League in early November, and then netting in the aforementioned Bundesliga encounter a couple weeks ago. Still, two goals in 17 appearances (11 starts) is not exactly great returns.

Giving Fofana a change of scenery for the second half of the campaign is surely a good move — especially after the silliness with his suspension — though Sevilla are also struggling at the wrong end of the table, in a surprising development after the last two decades of steady success (especially in the Europa League) and after contesting the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the season.

Sevilla have won just three league games all season, and sit one point above the drop zone. Youssef En-Nesyri leads them with nine goals in all competitions (five in La Liga), though he will be away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Morocco for the next month.


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