Chelsea enjoin Ghana World Cup star Christian Atsu to choose correct loan club
Chelsea have urged World Cup winger Christian Atsu to choose the loan club that gives him the best chance of breaking into their new-look team in 12 months’ time.
West Ham, Aston Villa and Everton are among 15 clubs interested in borrowing the 22-year-old Ghanaian from the Stamford Bridge side.
Others include Celtic, and further afield Spain’s Espanyol, PSV Eindhoven of Holland and German side Hamburg are keen.
Atsu arrives back in London following his post-World Cup holiday on Monday.
He will meet with the clubs in whom he is most interested early next week before making a decision.
Ironically, Everton’s interest hinges on the club making a decision over another Chelsea player, Romelu Lukaku.
The Toffees are holding out for the Belgium marksman after he shone on loan with them last season, but cannot take two players on loan from the same Premier League side.
A number of clubs have approached Chelsea directly to push for a deal on Atsu.
They have been ruled out, however, as they cannot commit to guaranteeing the player enough playing time – which the Londoners are stipulating in any loan deal.
Atsu, who enjoyed an impressive World Cup, was signed from Portugal’s Porto on deadline day last summer and immediately loaned to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, where he scored five goals in 28 appearances.