March 2, 2019

Aina set to complete £8.7m Torino switch

Super Eagles and Chelsea full-back Ola Aina is set to complete an £8.7 million ($11.5m) move to Torino after an impressive loan spell with the Serie A outfit.

The option to sign the Nigeria international on a permanent basis will be taken up by Walter Mazzarri’s side with the 22-year-old having made 23 appearances in Italy this season.

Aina – who spent last season on loan at Hull City – is likely to be the first of many of Chelsea’s infamous loan army to leave the club this summer as the Blues aim to trim their squad of fringe players.

The likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenneth Omeruo, Victorien Angban, Mario Pasalic, Jay Dasilva, Tomas Kalas and Danilo Pantic are all being lined up for departures from Stamford Bridge.

After a shaky start, Bakayoko has become a regular starter at AC Milan, and though the Rossoneri are keen to keep the France international, his future is likely to hinge on whether Champions League qualification can be secured at San Siro.

It is understood, however, that Milan could look to negotiate the previously agreed £30m ($39.7m) fee to sign Bakayoko on a permanent basis.

Omeruo, meanwhile, has impressed for Leganes in La Liga, and the Spanish side are keen to keep hold of the Nigeria international.