According to a recent report by Calcio Mercato, Serie A giants Inter Milan are said to be considering the possibility of signing Chelsea outcast Victor Moses permanently at the end of the season. The Nigerian has spent half of the current season on loan at the San Siro club, and Antonio Conte is said to be interested in giving him a regular place in the squad. The report suggests that the player’s contract also included £10.5m option-to-buy.
Despite the presence of a defined option-to-buy, it has been suggested that Antonio Conte is keen to get a big discount on the player and that he views the current asking price as being too high. Having effectively confirmed that they will not pay the full asking fee, it could come down to whether or not Frank Lampard is willing to offer any reductions in the Nigerian speedster’s price.
What Is Victor Moses’ Legacy At Chelsea?
The Nigerian international winger is one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea on paper, having been a part of the club’s books since joining them back in the summer of 2012 from Wigan Athletic. Despite joining all those years ago, it wasn’t until Antonio Conte’s arrival that the versatile speedster got a real opportunity in the side. The Italian tactician, to everyone’s surprise, decided to play Moses as one of the wing-backs in what was a quite brilliant Chelsea team.
Deployed at right wing-back as the part of a midfield five, the former Liverpool loanee was given the freedom to bombard forward at will, and he certainly had quite the impact. While the Nigerian wasn’t necessarily the most dependable or consistent player in the squad, the fact that he stepped up when the team needed him most was an important factor. The full-back was pivotal to the Blues’ title challenge that year, and he ended up getting a deserved Premier League winner’s medal for it.
What Does Moses Add To This Inter Milan Side?
The versatile winger would be an excellent utility signing for Conte, whose prior experience with the player will surely come as a bonus. Having spent half of the current league season on loan at the San Siro, the Chelsea man played in 13 fixtures for Inter across all competitions, and he even managed an important assist in the Milan Derby. His pace and dribbling skills will be a breath of fresh air in such a tactical league like the Serie A, and it’s not shocking to see Conte looking on at him fondly.
Why Chelsea Must Sell Moses At All Costs This Summer?
For starters, the Blues do not need a player of Moses’ skill-set in the squad right now, and it would be silly of them not to cash in, irrespective of the price. He doesn’t have a place at Chelsea, meaning that a sale does look like the most realistic option.
Moreover, if they hold onto Moses for another season by sending him out on loan, the London club would have to deal with the sale of a 30-year-old, which certainly aren’t the easiest to pull off. All things considered, selling Moses off would have next to no impact on the team itself, making it essential for Lampard to get rid of the Nigerian before the end of the summer window.