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Forgotten Chelsea man’s exit nears as Sassuolo become latest Serie A side to join transfer hunt

Ethan Ampadu, Venezia, May 2022

A move away from Chelsea appears likely for Ethan Ampadu, as Sassuolo have joined the race for the defender’s signature, according to reports.

Ampadu has failed to make his mark on the Chelsea senior squad during his time at the club. Indeed, he has played just 12 times for the Blues.

Over the past few seasons he has built up game time elsewhere. The Welshman has had loan spells with RB Leipzig, Sheffield United and Venezia since 2019.

Last season at Venezia he made 30 appearances in all competitions and provided three assists. While the club were relegated from Serie A, Ampadu had the busiest season of his career to date.

A permanent move to Italy may now be on the cards. Ampadu has failed to make it onto the pitch for Chelsea yet this season, and has already been linked with Spezia and Empoli.

Now, Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio reports that another side in Italy’s top flight are keen on him.

Indeed, Di Marzio states that Sassuolo have joined the race to take the 21-year-old on board.

With three teams now keen on taking him on board, there could be a battle for his signature.

That could be a good thing for Chelsea, who could receive a decent fee for the bit-part player.

Di Marzio reports that Empoli are currently ahead in the race for Ampadu. However, it does not seem there has been an offer for him just yet.

Move away wise for Ampadu

Leaving Chelsea seems to be a wise move for Ampadu. Since he made his senior debut for the Blues in the 2017/18 season, he has hardly featured at Stamford Bridge.

It does not look like that is set to change any time soon. Indeed, there are a minimum of five players ahead of him in the pecking order in the centre-back position.

Going on loan after loan to different clubs will not allow him to develop as much as consistent minutes for one side will.

As such, leaving Chelsea permanently may be the best course of action for the Welshman to further his career.