Denis Zakaria joined Chelsea from Juventus on a season-long loan with an option to buy worth €30 million last summer. It was a deadline-day deal that lured the Swiss midfielder away from Italian soil just eight months after he signed for the Turin-based club from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
But since moving to the Premier League club, the situation has not panned out the way Zakaria would’ve liked. And now, according to Daniele Longo, Chelsea are ready to terminate the loan deal for Zakaria in January, which means that the player will return to Juventus in the next winter transfer window.
Longo claims that Juve don’t know about Chelsea’s intention to end the deal six months early as they have not been informed yet. But it can be assumed that the Italian side would not be happy about the decision since they remain hopeful of getting the €3 million bonus, which is understood to be paid by the Blues as part of the Zakaria deal.
Since the arrival of Graham Potter, Zakaria has not played a minute for Chelsea. Therefore, the English side is confident that the loan deal will end in January, with the player bound to a contract at Juventus until June 2026.
GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder