As per a report from Milliyet, out-of-favour Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses is on the verge of a move to Fenerbahce.
28-year-old Nigerian international Moses started out his career at Selhurst Park with Crystal Palace, having come up through the Eagles’ youth system.
However, he departed his boyhood club for Wigan in 2010, after financial troubles saw the Palace board forced to let go of a number of their star performers.
And Moses subsequently went on to impress for the Latics, eventually securing himself a transfer to one of the Premier League’s heavyweights, Chelsea, two years later.
After a solid debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, during which he racked up 23 league appearances, the seasons that followed saw Moses sent out on a number of loan spells away from Chelsea.
As such, when the African returned from his 3rd consecutive temporary stint away from the Blues in 2016, it was widely-predicted that Moses would be allowed to depart the club on a permanent basis.
The campaign that followed, however, saw the tactics of Antonio Conte breathe new life into Moses’ career.
The 37-time capped international was converted from a winger into a wing-back as part of a 3-5-2 system.
And Moses flourished in his new role, proving a key performer as Chelsea romped to the Premier League title in 2017.
Victor Moses in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge
However, the appointment of Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge last summer has since seen Moses’ game-time fall off a cliff.
The former Liverpool loanee has appeared just 6 times across all competitions to this point in the season.
Italian tactician Sarri deploys a flat back-four as part of his tactical system, essentially nullifying the need for a wing-back.
As such, the former Napoli boss hinted at a potential departure for Moses when questioned on the 28-year-old’s future back in November:
‘Moses is more suitable for playing wing back than like a winger or a full back, I think.’
‘I don’t know [if he has a future]. They (Moses and Danny Drinkwater) have to improve but their characteristics are a little bit different.’
(Quotes via Goal.com)
As a result, Sarri’s comments regarding Moses’ place at Stamford Bridge have since led to mounting reports that the African could be set for a Chelsea departure this month.
The likes of Crystal Palace and Cardiff have both been touted as potential destinations for Moses over recent weeks, but, as per the aforementioned report from Turkish outlet Milliyet this evening, he in fact looks set for a move to Turkey.
Super Lig outfit Fenerbahce are said to have clinched a deal with both Chelsea and Moses.
The transfer will reportedly be made official after Fener’s clash with Bursaspor tomorrow evening.
No fee is mentioned in Milliyet’s report, though the move is expected to be permanent, rather than a loan.