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Chelsea news: The first transfer of the Frank Lampard era confirmed as star heads for exit


Chelsea have confirmed the first deal of the Frank Lampard era as Charly Musonda left on loan (Pic: GETTY)

New Blues boss Frank Lampard is expected to have his hands tied in the transfer market in the opening 12 months of his spell.

As such, he is expected to keep the departures to a minimum for now, utilising the club’s plethora of young talent.

However, just one day into the job, he has already sent one starlet out on loan.

Charly Musonda spent last season in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem.

However, the Belgian only managed to play 14 minutes the entire year after a knee injury ruled him out for practically the whole season.

And the 22-year-old will be hoping for more opportunities this term after joining for another 12 months

Several Blues stars enjoying successful spells there in the past, including Lewis Baker and Josh McEachran.

Rarely has a player returned to become a first-team regular from the Eredivisie side though.

Lewis Baker, who is hoping to break into the first team this season, went on loan to Vitesse

Lewis Baker, who is hoping to break into the first team this season, went on loan to Vitesse (Pic: GETTY)

However, Chelsea clearly feel the club offer a superb platform to send so many young starlets there.

Musonda has also enjoyed loan spells at Real Betis and Celtic.

He managed to make 24 appearances with the Spanish side, scoring just once.

However, in half a season in Scotland he played just eight times, failing to find the back of the net.

Charly Musonda's best loan spell to date came in Spain with Real Betis in 2016

Musonda’s best loan spell to date came in Spain with Real Betis in 2016 (Pic: GETTY)

Elsewhere, Chelsea are ready to offer an ultimatum to Atletico Madrid over loan star Alvaro Morata.

According to the Telegraph, the Blues are ready to recall him from his loan spell if Atletico turn down the opportunity to sign him permanently for £50m.

The Spanish side are expected to have money to spend when Antoine Griezmann inevitably completes a £107m move to Barcelona.

Morata is understood to be desperate to cut his ties in England, having failed to settle in the Premier League.



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