Chelsea have officially confirmed that Ola Aina is making a permanent switch to Torino, after the Serie A club exercised their purchase option following the right-back’s impressive loan stint.
The 22-year-old has flourished in Italy, and established himself in Torino’s starting XI last season. He can now look forward to plenty more game time next season. Had he returned to Stamford Bridge this summer, he would likely have found himself back on the bench.
This was the right move for the Nigeria international to make, but the Blues may soon find themselves ruing the talented defender’s departure. Aina has the potential to become a top player, and with Davide Zappacosta having struggled to establish himself in English football, he could have provided worthy competition for Cesar Azpilicueta’s starting berth.
If Aina goes on to fulfil his significant potential with Torino then this deal will be looked back upon as a bargain for the Italian outfit. Lots of Chelsea fans certainly seem to share these concerns.
Following the announcement of the deal, plenty of Blues supporters took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction.
Another silly decision by board. You buy Zapa for around €25mil and sell Ola for 10mil. Well done Chelsea. Smh
— D B Blankson (@Blanksod) 10 June 2019
More wasted talent
— Adam (@Adamsmyth1411) 10 June 2019
The shock…Chelsea selling another promising player that fans have cried out to be given a fair chance.
— Josh’Carter (@JoshCarter_x) 10 June 2019
Crystal Palace is rejecting £40mil from Man ntd. for Wan Bisaka aged 21 and selling ur own for €10mil. Something must be wrong upstairs
— Cecil Dah (@cecilanointed) 11 June 2019
Sad to see him go, good luck @Aina2Ola
— Tom Clifford (@tomcliffordcfc) 11 June 2019
Big mistake this
— Dan (@DC__1905) 11 June 2019
I’m not happy about this
— Kekelii (@austineerskin) 11 June 2019
You’ll never find a RB with more hidden potential 🤦♂️. Can’t wait for the regret.
— Luke Jones (@lukejones04) June 11, 2019