Following the confirmation of Fulham’s relegation to the Championship, the rumour mill has been full of stories about the future of players who’ve been with the Cottagers this season.
We now see the Italian media speaking about the situation of Ola Aina, who’s spent a year in London on a loan spell, and should now head back to his parent club Torino.
Outlet Torino Granata writes that even though Fulham had a buying option over the fullback, it’s ‘unlikely’ they’d trigger the clause after relegation.
They recall that the Whites already paid €2.5m for the loan, and would now have to spend €12.5m to sign the player on a permanent deal.
Aina made 32 appearances for Fulham this season, being used as a left-back, central defender and right-back. That could have been enough to prove his importance to the club, but with a new budget for the Championship season ahead, it makes sense that the Whites will have second thoughts before making expensive signings in the summer.
Torino Granata claim the Serie A side could let Aina leave them once again this summer, but they shall wait for a final word from their manager before accepting any moves.