While Chelsea supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are waiting patiently for the next summer arrival at Stamford Bridge today’s Express reports that there could be a departure on the cards with Blues youngster Josh McEachran set to join Real Sociedad on-loan with the La Liga side confident that a move can be agreed with new boss Jose Mourinho.
The 20-year-old, who has had previously successful loan spell at Middlesbrough and Swansea, was thought to be keen for another English based loan switch from Stamford Bridge for the new campaign however reports from Spain indicate that Sociedad could take the midfield starlet overseas on a short term deal.
Mourinho has earmarked McEachran as a player who needs to develop away from the club along with players like Brazilian Wallace, who has been rumoured with a summer move to Inter Milan and Lucas Piazon.
The Spanish side are looking at McEachran after missing out on Barcelona youngster Jonathan Dos Santos whose proposed deal to Sociedad fell through following the arrival of Gerardo Martino at the Nou Camp.
Sociedad, who qualified for this season’s Champions League, are now looking at the Englishman as a replacement for Spanish starlet Asier Illarramendi who left to join Real Madrid.
The Blues may now be given the England U-21 international further first-team experience while also giving him the chance to play in Europe’s elite competition which could prove beneficial in the future.
Earlier this summer McEachran said: “I’m a Chelsea player and my dream as a kid was to play for Chelsea, so I want to play for them this season.
“But if the boss wants me to go out on loan I’ll have to listen to him and go out. It’s down to him.
“He said he would speak to me while we were in Asia so I’ll wait for then. Hopefully it would be to a Premier League team, but I wouldn’t mind going to a Championship team either.”
However as a keen Blues supporter in the tavern points out McEachran is running out of time to make his breakthrough at Stamford Bridge and this loan spell could do him the world of good.