Ola Aina leaves Chelsea, to join Torino on permanent deal

Torino claims they have exercised their option to sign Chelsea and Super Eagles full-back Ola Aina on a permanent deal.

The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive spell in Italy during the 2018-19 season, making 30 Serie A appearances – 22 of those starts – while also providing three assists.

The option to sign Aina permanently for £8.7m was included in the deal agreed last summer but facing the possibility of a transfer ban, Chelsea have had second thoughts about selling their talented academy graduate.

The Blues have been closely monitoring their loan players and deciding who is good enough to get a chance with Aina among that clutch of youngsters to be considered for a squad role next season.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Cairo said “We exercised our option to buy Ola Aina, as well as [Christian] Ansaldi and [Koffi] Djidji,” he said. “Now Torino own all their players.”

Aina signed a new four-year contract at Stamford Bridge prior to his loan move to Italy.

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