According to the Evening Standard, out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda is wanted by Bournemouth on a season-long loan.
Musonda has attracted the attention of Bournemouth and Eddie Howe over the possibility of a loan deal until the end of the season. The Belgian arrived at Chelsea from Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2012, along with his brothers, but has only made two starts for the West London club. Both appearances have come in the Carabao Cup wins against Nottingham Forest and Everton, with him scoring against the former.
Chelsea are allowing the young Belgian to leave following the recent signing of Ross Barkley from Everton for £15m and they want the midfielder to join another English club. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe watched the youngster secure a brace for the Chelsea academy in the win against Portsmouth in the Chekatrade Trophy on Tuesday.
Musonda is expected to attract several bids from teams in the top two divisions but Chelsea won’t sell the Belgian until they are certain that he will get the game time that’s needed. Bournemouth are keen to sign the 21-year-old to bolster their attack up front as Josh King, Jermain Defoe, and Callum Wilson have struggled in front of goal recently.
Bournemouth are one point above the relegation zone and they will be eager to add firepower to their squad following the injury of Defoe. Musonda has established himself as a key player in Chelsea’s academy playing as an attacking midfielder or a winger. The versatile winger moved to Real Betis on loan last season, making 24 appearances in La Liga in less than a year and playing time is exactly what Bournemouth can offer him if he is to make the switch to the South Coast.
This is a deal that Bournemouth have a good chance of landing as Ross Barkley moving to Chelsea will push the Belgian further down the pecking order and consistent game time in the Premier League can unlock the potential talent that Musonda has to offer.