Desperately scrambling around for a centre-back towards the end of last year’s summer transfer window, Chelsea eventually surprised everyone by signing Nantes’ Papy Djilobodji.
The 27-year-old Senegalese defender failed to make any league appearances for Chelsea under José Mourinho or Guus Hiddink and was loaned out to Werder Bremen in Germany where he proved very decisive.
With the loan now coming to an end, the player, who probably won’t be a part of Antonio Conte’s plans, will be looking for another way out of Stamford Bridge, maybe permanently this time.
According to La Gazette des Sports in France, Djilobodji could be given a opportunity to return to Ligue 1 by Marseille, which isn’t the most surprising of news.
The French club were very interested in the defender last season, only to see their target pipped from under their noses by Chelsea, and given his current situation, they may get him this time.
Bought for £1m, the Premier League club probably won’t be looking for too much money from any interested club, as doubling their money could be seen as a good investment, especially considering the player’s age.
We’re happy to say this one probably has legs, mostly on the Djilobodji exit part.
Will it be Marseille who gives him a lifeline? That remains to be seen.