Chelsea have decided against using their buyback clause for Sassuolo’s Jérémie Boga, despite the 23-year-old having emerged as one of the best young wingers in Serie A. Instead the club are negotiating with Sassuolo to include a sell-on clause for the Ivory Coast international, who is likely to be sold this summer.
Boga came through the Chelsea youth system and made the step to the senior squad in 2015 but played only 18 minutes of competitive football for the first team, against Burnley in the Premier League in December 2017. He had loan spells at Rennes, Granada and Birmingham City before being sold to Sassuolo in the summer of 2018.
In Italy the former France youth international, who has one senior cap for Ivory Coast, has developed into a consistent and high-scoring attacking midfielder. Boga has 11 Serie A goals in 52 appearances. Sassuolo were in 11th place in Serie A when it was suspended in March.
Chelsea had a buyback clause of about £13m but have now decided to try to get a percentage of a future sale. Napoli are one of the clubs interested in Boga with the manager, Gennaro Gattuso, an admirer of the winger.
Serie A hopes to resume the season in mid-June and to finish it before 20 August.